A team from Radboud University Nijmegen was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for their research into dirty bank notes. The research showed that Romanian banknotes hold onto bacteria the longest, while Croatia's money is cleanest.
In 2017 a total of 456 restaurants were placed under extra supervision by the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA because they were not adhering to the rules on hygiene and food safety. That's over 120 more than in 2014, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research into NVWA inspection reports.
The VUmc in Amsterdam halted patient intake in its intensive care and medium care departments for 48 hours, due to an outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii. Patients currently hospitalized in these departments can also not leave the hospital, RTL Nieuws reports.
The hospital has been struggling with this bacteria for over two weeks. "Despite strict isolation measures, intensive cleaning and extra hygiene measures in recent weeks, more infections were unfortunately found this week", the hospital said in a statement.
A "scarily high" 31 percent of sushi meals that are delivered to customers' homes contain too much bacteria, according to consumers association Consumentenbond. This is caused by poor hygiene in the preparation of the meals, the association concludes after testing 160 sushi samples from 20 restaurants in five cities, NU.nl reports.
Poor hygiene standards include using dirty cutting boards and employees not washing their hands before working with the food. In many cases the delivered sushi was fresh, the Consumentenbond added.
It seems that kids really are "wandering bacteria bombs" that bring bacteria back from daycare to make their parents sick, according to research by Statistics Netherlands. Parents of young kids get sick more often than parents with older kids or adults with no kids,
The sushi found at all-you-can-eat restaurants is often not fresh and not hygienically prepared, according to a study done by the Consumers' Association.
The Albert Schweitzer hospital in Dordrecht has had an outbreak of a drug resistant bacteria that has infected 15 people. The hospital has asked 900 patients to be tested for the bacteria.
The bacterium MRSA has surfaced on the Cardiology ward at Erasmus MC, RTV Rijnmond reports. Patients on that ward have been quarantined as a precaution. The hospital employees and visitors have to wear protective clothing and have to be properly disinfected at departure.
According to foundation Wakker Dier, people who it shrimp or fish species that are farmed in Southeast Asia, have a greater chance to be infected with bacteria resistant to many antibiotics.
Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen was so influence by bioluminescence that she created a lamp whose light is powered solely by octopus bacteria. The Design Academy Eindhoven graduate’s lamp “Ambio” harnesses the natural energy of micro-organisms that glows brightly every time an ocean wave provides them with oxygen.
Animal park Artis in Amsterdam is opening a new museum for micro-organisms, named Micropia. The Netherlands' Queen Máxima will perform the official opening on Tuesday, September 30th, the Telegraaf reports.
An investigation by Inspectie SZW shows that there is too little attention in making sure that safety is a priority for staff at 90 percent of the 217 slaughterhouse and meat processing ventures in cleaning machines.
Bacteria that are resistant to almost all antibiotics, increasingly spread across Europe, according to new figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
An international group of leading medical microbiologists, led by Professor Jan Kluytmans from Amphia Hospital in Breda, calls for a ban on the sale of food containing bacteria that are resistant to carbapenem antibiotics. These antibiotics are so-called last resort means, only prescribed when other antibiotics fail.