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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

Blue Bell Plans to Start Test Production at Alabama Plant in Next Several Weeks

Blue Bell Creameries has announced plans to launch production testing of ice cream “on a limited basis” at its plant in Sylacauga, AL, sometime in the next several weeks. No specific date was given for the test production to start nor for when the company’s products would return to the marketplace. In a brief statement posted… Continue Reading

Update: 86 Children Sickened in Alabama Outbreak, Staph Found in Daycare Food Samples

Eighty-six children may have been sickened by a Staphylococcus aureus toxin found in food served at the Montgomery, AL, daycares they attended. Of those children, 30 were hospitalized and, as of Friday, two were reportedly still there. The Alabama Department of Public Health found the toxin in food products served at both daycare center locations in… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Lays Off Hundreds of Workers Because of Recall

Blue Bell Creameries announced Friday that because of the “extended timeline” required for cleaning up its four manufacturing plants before resuming ice cream production, the company will cut hundreds of employees from its workforce. On April 20, the company recalled all products made in all four plants due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. CEO and President Paul Kruse said… Continue Reading

Egg-Producing States File Appeal Over California’s Proposition 2

States that, until recently, sold a total of 2 billion shell eggs a year in California clearly don’t intend to give up on that lucrative Golden State market without a fight. After first getting tossed from federal court, they’ve now returned with bulked-up arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The… Continue Reading

Legislatures Weigh Bills on Soda Labels, Microbeads, Marijuana, Powdered Alcohol, Among Others

State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year. In Alabama, where a new cottage food bill took effect last June 1, Extension services are getting more money for training people to… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Sickens 3 in Alabama

At least three people in Clarke County, AL, have fallen ill with Hepatitis A, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The health department is investigating how the patients might been sickened. Two of the individuals reportedly have a history of international travel. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Likely in Russellville, AL

A possible Salmonella outbreak is occurring in Russellville, AL, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. At least three people have confirmed Salmonella infections, while another nine cases are being investigated. The health department is currently looking for the source of the outbreak. News of the outbreak broke when some patients reportedly contacted local… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Outbreak Suspected in Mobile, AL

The Mobile County Health Department is investigating a possible foodborne illness outbreak that occurred over the weekend in downtown Mobile, AL. At least three people have reported illnesses after eating food served prior to the First Light marathon that occurred on Sunday in downtown Mobile. The health department began an investigation on Monday. Investigators hope… Continue Reading

Six Cases of Salmonella Linked to Annual Bean Day Fundraiser in Alabama

As of Monday afternoon, at least six cases of Salmonella poisoning have been confirmed in Limestone County, AL, and officials believe those who fell ill may have contracted it at an annual Bean Day fundraising lunch held Friday in Athens. “We have seen dozens of people Saturday, Sunday and today with mainly diarrhea but also… Continue Reading