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Publisher’s Platform: More data against fresh, raw sprouts

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LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report. According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to August 2016,… 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

Dr. Bob’s closes in wake of ice cream recalls for Listeria

Although the recall notice for the Manila Sky Purple Yumm ice cream (above) states all ice cream products produced this year at the manufacturing facility have been recalled, neither FDA nor Dr. Bob's of Upland LLC had posted any recall information as of Wednesday night.

California ice cream manufacturer Dr. Bob’s has reportedly closed down operations after federal inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in the production facility and finished product, spurring secondary recalls of five brands of high-dollar ice cream shipped across the country. Repeated attempts to reach the company and its owner, Robert Small, have been unsuccessful since the operation… 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

Final report published on boy’s death from drinking raw milk

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Were it not for his drinking raw milk, a 3-year-old Australian boy who died in 2014 would very likely still be alive to this day. That much has been known since the inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen. With the publishing of findings by Coroner Audrey Jamieson, those findings became final and official on Nov…. Continue Reading

Ashby’s Sterling ice cream 6th brand recalled for cookie dough

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House of Flavors Inc. is recalling Ashby’s Sterling brand ice cream because it contains cookie dough that was recalled in September after Blue Bell Creameries’ internal testing found Listeria monocytogenes. Ashby’s Sterling Peanut Butter Landslide ice cream in 3-gallon containers with the item number 7305 and lot number 16195 is the only product under recall… 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

Hawaii names farm linked to outbreak; recall details sketchy

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A seaweed growing operation in Hawaii is under orders to stop distributing products after a Salmonella outbreak investigation uncovered the pathogen in packing and processing tanks at the farm. The cease and desist order from the Hawaii Department of Health’s sanitation branch was published two days after the health department announced the outbreak had been… Continue Reading

Fourth company recalls ice cream made at Dr. Bob’s for listeria

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A fifth ice cream brand — Agave Dream — is under recall because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes from the Dr. Bob’s of Upland LLC manufacturing plant. Agave Dream of Palos Veredes Peninsula, CA, posted its recall with the Food and Drug Administration Thursday evening, pulling back five flavors of its ice cream and… Continue Reading

Only 1 new Hepatitis A case in 2 weeks in Hawaii’s outbreak

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With only one new diagnosis in the past two weeks, a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii appears to be contained with less than 300 people confirmed as victims. In its weekly update Wednesday, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) reported no new confirmed cases from Nov. 3 through 9. It recorded one new case the… Continue Reading