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Infected restaurant worker spurs hepatitis A alert in Alabama

A pizza restaurant in Alabama is working with the state Department of Public Health, after discovering that one of the restaurant’s food handlers is infected with hepatitis A. The health department (ADPH) has contacted many customers of Marco’s Pizza in Anniston, AL, directly regarding the highly contagious virus, according to a news release. Post-exposure treatment is available, but must be administered within two… Continue Reading

Chicago hates the soda pop tax; repeal vote likely this week

Since first enacted on March 1, 2015, in Berkeley, CA, the sugar tax on soft drinks has tempted cities around the country. Chicago, however, is ready to drop the “soda pop tax.” The soda pop tax would have raised $200 million next year from the penny-per-ounce levy on sugar and artificially sweetened beverages. Cook County… Continue Reading

USA Beef earns permit that stymied horse slaughter in NM

Legal horse slaughter in the U.S. made its last stand at 3845 Cedarvale Road, six miles southeast of Roswell, NM. USA Beef Packing has returned to the once-controversial location to open the state’s only beef-packing plant. The opening came with a ribbon-cutting and a warm embrace from New Mexico  Gov. Susana Martinez. John Mulcahy, president… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A vaccinations available Monday at Ann Arbor restaurant

Washtenaw County Public Health and Cardamon, a casual eatery in Anne Arbor, MI  serving modern and traditional Indian Cuisine, are offering another opportunity to get hepatitis A vaccination. The vaccinations will be available for a $20 fee from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Cardamon, the restaurant at 1739 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor. Washtenaw… Continue Reading

State closes raw milk dairy; Salmonella matched to sick people

Health official says many foods can cause illness; however, 'raw milk is one of the riskiest'

State officials suspended the license of Pride & Joy Dairy today and again warned the public to not drink any of the dairy’s organic, unpasteurized, raw milk because lab tests have confirmed it is contaminated with a rare strain of Salmonella that hospitalized two people. Until further notice, the dairy “may not legally bottle and… Continue Reading

San Francisco grocers subject to new meat/poultry reporting

Officials hope to leverage concern about antibiotic resistance to alter meat, poultry production

Lawmakers in the Golden Gate City want to close the door on unnecessary antibiotic use in livestock, so they’ve unanimously OK’d a local ordinance requiring large retailers to annually report on antibiotics used by their meat and poultry suppliers. The local law is the first of its kind in the country, according to the man who… Continue Reading

Dairy pulls raw milk from stores; one retailer stops carrying it

State reaffirms warning against Pride & Joy milk, tests more samples in Salmonella investigation

An organic raw milk dairy quietly pulled its unpasteurized milk from Washington state retailers Friday, one day after refusing a request from state officials who wanted the milk recalled because lab tests had confirmed Salmonella contamination. The owners of Pride & Joy Puget Sound LLC posted a short statement about their decision to remove their… Continue Reading

European Union looks at dietary reference values for sodium

Its own draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for sodium is the European Food Safety Authority’s next subject for public comment. The Parma, Italy-based authority (EFSA) is especially seeking feedback on the way it plants to select and use evidence in its salty assessment. The EFSA is the agency of the European Union that provides… Continue Reading

Antibiotic disclosure — another first for San Francisco?

Once again, San Francisco is poised to become the first city in the nation to take a legislative stand on a controversial topic. Its Board of Supervisors is set to vote tomorrow on an ordinance to require disclosure about the use of antibiotics by meat and poultry producers. The proposed ordinance does not, however, require… Continue Reading

Food industry welcomes new deadline to revise nutrition labels

Food manufacturers are getting an extra 18 to 30 months to begin putting revised Nutrition Facts, Supplement Facts and Serving Size labels on their products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the delay on Sept. 29. The food industry hailed the delay, while consumer organizations said it is detrimental to public health. In the announcement,… Continue Reading