Incidences of food poisoning are likely to rise with increased global temperatures, according to a report from the WHO and Malta’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit.  According to the report, a study on the health effects of climate change in the Maltese islands warns that rising temperatures increase the likelihood of food-borne diseases like salmonella.

The study found 450 cases of diarrheal illness in Malta occurring each day, at a cost of 16 million Euros.  It was also reported that cases of diarrheal illness increase in May, with the rise in temperature, peaking in the summer months.  The study looked at an 18 year period of illnesses from 1990-2008.  Part of the increase was blamed on increased outdoor activities involving food such as barbecues.

In view of the increased risks caused by climate change the study calls for "increased public awareness on food safety, hygiene and food preparation."

The study was authored by Dr Anthony Gatt from the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit and Dr Neville Calleja director of the Health Information and Research Directorate.

  • LukeTheDrifter

    A complete list of things caused by global warming:
    http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm

  • Jack

    More scares! Unbelievable.

  • seven

    Food poisoning? Yes. Outdoor picnics they say to put the food back into refrigeration. Mayo and salads. People that eat bread in even hotter climates do not have the problem. Food handling, had washing etc are all factors that are minimized in the winter.

  • Scarface

    Warning: very high BS-level in this study.
    Quote: “Part of the increase was blamed on increased outdoor activities involving food such as barbecues.”
    Hahahahahaha Well, good thing then that Al Gore won’t let you BBQ anymore, because of all the CO2 :)
    OMG these guys should start a sitcom.

  • Karl

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH What next?!?! We’ve had cancer rates will rise, infertility and Malaria etc etc etc etc. These guys in their desperation are really starting to scrape the barrel with their ‘fear inducing’ propaganda. For the people who still have a critical faculty, this crap just raises their alarms. Keep it up morons.

  • Houstonian

    At long last, have you no shame? Have you no decency?
    How long will you attribute all the ills of the world to a fallacy called global warming?
    There will be an accounting when this deception is finally cast out.

  • NONCOMFORMIST

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, IS THIS THE SAME BUNCH THAT DECLARED THE H1N1 WAS A PANDEMIC AND ALL BUT “INSISTED” THE ENTIRE GLOBE BE IMMUNIZED???? NOOOO, SOMEONE, PLEASE TELL ME I’M WRONG!!!!! AT ANY RATE I’M SURE GLAD I DIDNT GET IT, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA,NOW I’M CONVINCED THAT THIS “WORLDLY DEATH ORGANIZATION” WHO?? ARE WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHING

  • Imagine the increase in poisoning from food spoilage if the anti-science , anti-carbon global warming scam makes refrigeration an unaffordable luxury for more of the world’s population .

  • Neil Ferguson

    Q: What is the difference between bovine enterology and modern climatology?
    A: The first is the science of bullshit; the second is bullshit science.

  • Neville Calleja

    Dear all,
    What we wrote is backed up by our data here in Malta. These are facts. There’s no conspiracy theory. For every two degree rise in temperature, we get an extra case in a population of just 400000 people.
    Sorry but I really cannot see why we are being accused of spewing BS. We are not saying whether global warming is a reality or not – we are saying simply that the higher the temperature the more cases of diarrhoeal illness we get – is that so difficult to understand?

  • Kevin Cave

    Hi Neville.

    What we wrote is backed up by our data here in Malta. These are facts.

    I don’t think anyone is disputing the fact that higher incidences of food poisoning related illness occur at higher temperatures – that is a given, otherwise there would be no need to store food in a refridgerator to keep it safer to eat for longer…

    Sorry but I really cannot see why we are being accused of spewing BS.

    Because the “climate change” card has been played. By the way – do you mean “climate change” or do you mean “anthropogenic global warming“? I ask because there is a distinct difference between the two phrases – one is a fact and the other has yet to be proven beyond doubt.

    We are not saying whether global warming is a reality or not – we are saying simply that the higher the temperature the more cases of diarrhoeal illness we get – is that so difficult to understand?

    You are not “simply saying that the higher the temperature the more cases of diarrhoeal illness we get“. You are saying that temperatures are getting higher because of “climate change”, which is the weasel phrase now used by alarmists instead of “anthropogenic global warming”. And then you say that higher temperatures lead to more illness. You have linked your study to “climate change” – I quote:

    Incidences of food poisoning are likely to rise with increased global temperatures

    and

    In view of the increased risks caused by climate change the study calls for…

    Lastly, quoting from the linked article:

    concluding that for every additional degree rise in minimum temperature there was an increase of 0.54 cases.
    This means that for every two-degree rise in minimum temperatures, an additional case of salmonella occurrs.

    I presume the report is talking about degrees centrigrade?
    Do you realise that at the current rate of warming, it will take at least 100 years before the global temperature rises just 1 degree centigrade? And that’s assuming that the global temperature will keep rising – which is based on conjecture which in turn is based on dubious at best climate simulations running on computers.
    Do you now begin to understand why people are calling you out on this?

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