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Dog food recalled for Salmonella; two children confirmed sick

Raws for Paws is recalling recalled 4,000 pounds of its  Ground Turkey Pet Food due to possible Salmonella contamination after reported illnesses, including two children who have been infected with Salmonella Reading. The food is sold online by Christofersen Meats Co. Inc., doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis — no relation to Swanson Meals. The Minnesota Department of Health reports that two… Continue Reading

Norovirus spreads at Olympics; hand sanitizers little help

Forty-two more cases of norovirus have been confirmed at the 2018 Winter Olympics, bringing the total to 128 on the eve of the start of the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. On Thursday, organizers put out hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer, requiring athletes and anyone else entering the cafeteria to use it, the New… Continue Reading

Death count in South Africa’s Listeria outbreak tops 100

Epidemiologists continue to search for cause; victims from range of social, economic groups

The death count in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak — the worst documented outbreak from Listeria monocytogenes in global history — has topped 100. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported this week that the number of confirmed listeriosis cases is now 852‚ and 107 people have died. The death rate, based on the outcome data… Continue Reading

Briefly: Sizzlin’ Salmonella — Two raw stories, neither good

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. Killing Salmonella with heat The most economical way to kill bacteria that cause common food-borne illnesses — mostly… Continue Reading

South Korea calls military after noro hits guards at Olympics

South Korea has deployed 900 military personnel after some 1,200 security guards were pulled from duty because of a norovirus outbreak at Winter Olympic facilities in PyeongChang. The Korea Herald said 41 security guards suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea Sunday and have been hospitalized. Today, CNN is reporting that more than 1,000 security guards… Continue Reading

County requires hepatitis A vaccines for some food workers

Earlier this week the Salt Lake County Board of Health amended “Health Regulation #5: Food Sanitation” to require hepatitis A vaccination for all food workers in an establishment when anyone working in that establishment has been in contact with someone infected with hepatitis A. The amendment is in response to Salt Lake County’s ongoing hepatitis… Continue Reading