Qld milk urgently recalled over bacteria contamination fears

A popular milk sold in Queensland has been recalled over fears it may be contaminated with a bacteria.

Kenilworth Dairies Full Cream Milk in the 3L, 2L and 1L sizes have been pulled from fridges across the state.

Food Standards Australia says the recall is due to microbial (E.coli) contamination.

“Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed,” the recall notice reads.

The recalled milk, which has a best before date of 15/03/21, has been available for sale at independent grocers and Kenilworth Dairies Cafe in QLD.

Anyone who has purchased the product is being warned not to drink it, and to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Caddick ocean search near Sydney dropped

The search for missing Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick’s remains in waters around her Dover Heights neighbourhood has been called off.

Police divers were on Thursday forced to postpone the search in waters off Dover Heights in Sydney’s east due to hazardous conditions.

Searches for Ms Caddick were conducted on Friday but the operation around Dover Heights is now suspended, NSW Police confirmed on Saturday.

Police earlier this week confirmed at least two sets of remains found at NSW south coast beaches do not belong to Ms Caddick.

So far police have only found Ms Caddick’s decomposed foot, which washed up in a running shoe south of Tathra on February 21.

The results of DNA analysis of other remains discovered is pending.

A report into the 49-year-old’s financial affairs revealed earlier this week that she misappropriated about $25 million of investors’ funds.

The fraudster disappeared from her multi-million dollar home last November, hours after corporate watchdog ASIC executed a search warrant at the house.

Court-appointed liquidators say she “meticulously and systematically” deceived those who entrusted millions of investment dollars to her over seven years and used the money to fund her lavish lifestyle.

Investors say they still have no idea where their funds went.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing last week told reporters foul play against Ms Caddick was possible but suicide was more likely.

Modelling by NSW Police marine rescue teams, taking tides and drift patterns into account, has explored the possibility that Ms Caddick entered the water near Dover Heights, where she lived, around November 12.

The modelling deemed it possible that her foot could have drifted to Bournda Beach, where it was discovered by a group of campers.

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Motoryclist killed in horror head-on crash with car in Qld

A man has been killed in a nasty crash between a motorcycle and car in Mount Cotton early this morning.

Emergency crews were called to Mount Cotton Road around 1.20am, following reports of a serious accident.

“Police will allege a car was travelling southbound along Mount Cotton Road and collided with an oncoming motorcyclist,” Qld police said in a statement.

The motorcyclist, a 55-year-old Birkdale man, was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Police confirmed he was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later.

The driver of the car, a 20-year-old Mount Cotton man, managed to escape uninjured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Premier demands PM say ‘yes or no’ on regional quarantine

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is demanding the Federal Government give an answer on a regional quarantine camp for returned travellers.

A proposal has been put forward to house returned travellers at a purpose-built camp near Toowoomba Airport.

The camp could be up and running in as little as six weeks.

But the state government is yet to receive a definitive answer, frustrating the Premier.

“Really what we need to hear from the Commonwealth is are they interested or not? It’s a very simple question,” the Premier said.

“John Wagner has provided all of the details of his proposal to the Commonwealth. We have had lengthy discussions at a departmental level.

“It’s very fundamental. They are the people that have to allow the airlines to land into Well Camp so it is a very basic 101 question.”

Ms Palaszczuk welcomed moves to increase capacity at the Howard Springs quarantine facility outside Darwin but wants a decision on Queensland’s proposal.

She says we need to minimise the risk of the virus escaping from hotel quarantine in our major cities.

“We’re at a risky period now between now and the full vaccine rollout, so it’s really important.

“What we are seeing is like we had seven people in hotel quarantine. That’s the largest number we’ve had. So it is of some concern that we are still getting these different strains popping up in our hotels.”

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison says they are yet to see the complete plan.

“I need a detailed, costed proposal that the commonwealth could consider. There’s been a lot of going backwards and forwards, but as yet the commonwealth doesn’t have a costed proposal that we could actually consider,” Mr Morrison said.

“The hotel quarantine arrangements have always worked most effectively where they’re close to the major airports where the flights are coming and I think this is a very important point.

“The flights go to where they’re designated to go. Australia can’t just redirect flights, commercial flights, of airlines to go to other ports where they don’t have the ground crew and the other supports that go to supporting the aviation industry.”

Vaccine

Australia’s vaccine rollout to be ‘supercharged’ within weeks

Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout is about to be significantly ramped up with the availability of the locally made Astra Zeneca jab in just over two weeks.

The first batch manufactured in Melbourne by CSL will be delivered from March 22, with one million doses to come each week.

An estimated 4,600 GP clinics across Australia will start receiving their vials over the course of the following month.

“(This) gives us the capacity to really ramp up and broadly vaccinate our population as quickly as possible,” Federal Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy said.

“The value of having onshore production cannot be underestimated. Every country in the world depending on international supplies is seeing them come slowly.

Those first doses will be made available to vulnerable Australians, mostly those aged 70.

“This is a very exciting time. We’re on track we’re doing well, and we’re going to keep ramping up and get this community vaccinated as soon as we can,” Professor Murphy said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has played down concerns after Italy blocked a shipment of 250,000 doses of the overseas-produced Astra Zeneca vaccine.

“We’d always anticipated that these sorts of problems could arise and that’s why we’ve done a number of things the most significant of which is to ensure that we have our own domestically-produced vaccine,” Mr Morrison said.

“In Italy, people are dying at the rate of 300 a day and so I can certainly understand the high level of anxiety that would exist in Italy and in many countries across Europe.

“They are in an unbridled crisis situation that is not the situation in Australia, but nevertheless we’ve been able to secure our supplies and additional supplies for input.”

The Prime Minister also announced the capacity at the Howard Springs quarantine facility outside Darwin would be significantly increased from 850 to 2000 over the next couple of months.

But there will be no immediate increase in the cap on international arrivals with Victoria still refusing to accept any returned travellers.

“I’m looking forward soon to a decision from the Victorian government once they’re in a position to advise us to when they’ll be also in a position to take flights again,” Mr Morrison said.