Monday, July 20, 2009

Refrigerate After Opening

Via twitter: Wired reports on a company that's making beer from Eocene yeast recovered from amber.

Lambert and Cano had toyed with the idea for 12 years. Before Ambergene went under, the company made a batch on a lark. "We called it Jurassic Amber Ale or T-Rex Lager or something, and it was pretty good," Cano says. It was served at his daughter's wedding, and they even sent some to the Jurassic Park 2 cast party. That experiment had Cano and Lambert itching to release a beverage commercially. But they wanted it to be something respectable.

Needless to say, PlagueBlog recommends against eating anything that's over 40 million years old. In fact, only under the most extraordinary circumstances should you eat anything over 4 years old.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fido Fricassee

ProMED-mail reports five recent cases of trichinosis "due to consumption of stray dog meat," with a total of nine cases this year.

PlagueBlog recommends against eating housepets, and especially not strays. You don't know where they've been.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Rabid Foxes

Via an unnamed source: WBZ reported a rabid fox attack Tuesday in Worcester. The victim was a 76-year-old woman who'd been gardening. The good Samaritan who held off the fox until the police shot him was also bitten. The fox was apparently known to police:

They believe this was the same fox that had been seen in the neighborhood the night before. One man was bitten, and two cats were also attacked.

There was a similar fox showdown in Pennsylvania in May.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

More Recalls

Via an unnamed source: WBZ reports that Dunkin Donuts is temporarily cutting off the Dunkaccinos due to salmonella contamination at their chocolate supplier.

Via twitter: the AP reports that Shaws, Star, and Big Y are recalling some tuna steaks sold last week due to histamine.

Symptoms may include tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, rash on the face and upper body, hives and itching of skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.