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Bacterial infections traced to raw milk products in Ohio

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An unknown number of people have been infected with Campylobacter bacteria in unpasteurized raw milk from Sweet Grass Dairy’s herd share program in Ohio. State officials issued a public health alert about the dairy’s raw milk products Friday in connection with an investigation into foodborne illnesses, according to the alert from the Ohio Department of… Continue Reading

New Hawaii Hepatitis A Shot Class Settled

Press Release

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A settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against New Hawaii Sea Restaurant, formerly of the Bronx, New York. Approximately 3,000 people received Hepatitis A vaccinations after being exposed to the illness by the restaurant in September 2013 and all are included in the class-action lawsuit. The deadline for applying to receive a portion of the $200,000 settlement is December… Continue Reading

Suspect was charged with felony food poisoning after arrest

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The suspect police arrested  for  a series of incidents involving tampering with self service food bars in South Lake Tahoe remains in custody charged with a felony. In the county lockup  is 43-year old Harry Dally, who was detained after police released store surveillance video showing a man who is believed to have doused act least… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Another speech, another ‘shake down’

Opinion

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Over the past 20-plus years I have given close to 400 speeches around the world on “why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.” My “chats” have been in front of industry and governmental groups on every continent, except South America. I’m somewhat popular in China. Most of the audiences are receptive to… Continue Reading

Rare bacterial infection linked to fish from Asian Food Center

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State and federal officials are investigating the Asian Food Center in Bellevue, WA, after a woman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection after handling raw fish from the grocery store. The woman was diagnosed Nov. 10 with Vibrio vulnificus and required hospitalization, but has since returned to her home where her… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: A little dab’ll do ya when it comes to Listeria

Opinion

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Those nerds at the FDA and CDC have been at it again, thank goodness. They took a crazy close look at the Listeria outbreak traced to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream and found evidence supporting the long-held assumption that very small amounts of the pathogen can lead to serious infections in some groups of people. Though… Continue Reading

Salmonella presumed cause of 77 illnesses, 12 hospitalizations

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UPDATE: According to a statement posted Thursday by the Alabama Department of Public Health, “presumptive Salmonella gastroenteritis” caused at least 77 people to become sickened and 12 to be hospitalized following a private event in Colbert County this past Saturday. All patients are recovering from what was described as vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and some fever, according to… Continue Reading

Miami cheese company owner draws 15-month prison term

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The owner of Miami-based cheese company Oasis Brands Inc. is the most recent company executive to be sentenced for criminal violations related to pathogen-contaminated food linked to a deadly outbreak. U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. sentenced Christian Rivas on Monday to serve a total of 15 months in federal prison. Rivas negotiated a… Continue Reading

Seaweed farm linked to Salmonella outbreak recalls products

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Four days after the Hawaii Department of Health reported it ordered a farm to cease and desist distribution of its seaweed because of links to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak, the company posted a recall notice. Marine Agrifuture LLC of Kahuku, HI, is recalling its “Kahuku Ogo,” “Robusta Ogo” and “Kahuku Sea Asparagus” from distributors and… Continue Reading

Salmonella hits six who dined at high-end Japanese restaurant

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California’s Napa County Health Department has not released any additional information on a Salmonella outbreak that’s been linked to one of the area’s pricy Japanese restaurants. Dr. Karen Refucio, Napa County’s chief public health officer, told the local newspaper at least six cases of Salmonella-related illnesses have been confirmed in the county. All reported dining… Continue Reading