October 20, 2005
More than 10 percent of all food-poisoning incidents in the United States occur in schools — a danger because food-borne illness in children, as in the elderly, can be deadly.
In the late 1990s the federal government formed a special committee on the safety of food in schools, involving school nurses to serve a larger role in preventing and monitoring symptoms of food poisoning, said Elaine Brainerd, director of the Food-Safe Schools project for the American Nurses Foundation.
“In Rhode Island, about 10 years ago, a central kitchen had been preparing school lunches that were later transported to the local schools,” Brainerd told UPI’s Caregiving. “One day, they baked hams for the next day and one employee who apparently had a cold stayed late to peel the skins off the hams once they were cool enough to handle.”

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07 October 2005
School pupils eating raw offal in Fear Factor-style contests are contributing to soaring rates of food poisoning in Christchurch.
More than 80 cases of campylobacter — a disease causing severe abdominal pain and diarrhoea — have been reported to health authorities in the past week, and 226 cases in the past month. This is double the monthly average for Canterbury.
The disease is most commonly associated with undercooked chicken but can also be contracted from beef and close contact with animals.

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