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CDC reports 2 trichinellosis outbreaks traced to walrus meat

Federal officials this week made public details of two outbreaks of Trichinella infections in Alaska in the past 12 months, both linked to undercooked walrus meat. Long associated with undercooked pork, the majority of cases of Trichinella infections in the U.S. since the late 1990s have been caused by wild game species that are not in… Continue Reading

Researchers find dangerous tapeworms in Alaskan salmon

Salmon lovers have a new reason to opt for roasted instead of raw. Scientists have documented that the Japanese broad tapeworm has made its way to the waters of the North Pacific and is thriving among the salmon population there. Published in the February edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases the findings of a research team… Continue Reading

Alaska public health investigates Salmonella cluster in Bethel

A team from Alaska’s Division of Public Health traveled to the town of Bethel last week to investigate a cluster of Salmonella illnesses reported there. Louisa Castrodale, a state epidemiologist, told KYUK Public Media the cluster of sick people confirmed with Salmonella infections amount to an unexplained situation that raises public health concerns. “It’s not… Continue Reading

Alaska tribe establishes Sitka lab to test shellfish for biotoxins

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has set up an environmental research and testing lab in Sitka and plans to begin testing local shellfish for biotoxins this spring. There has reportedly been some concern about the distance and turnaround time to have locally harvested shellfish tested in Anchorage by the state, which currently operates the only FDA-certified lab in… Continue Reading

Food safety continues to be under the budget knife in Alaska

Alaska’s food safety budgets are taking more cuts as the state tries to close a $4 billion budget deficit caused by low oil prices. Another proposed cut of $268,000 is going to mean fewer restaurant inspections and reduced surveillance for food borne diseases. The further reduction in spending comes after last year’s $624,000 funding cut… Continue Reading

Alaska’s budget crisis likely to take a bite out of food safety unit

Alaska’s House Finance Subcommittee, charged with reviewing next year’s budget for the Department of Environmental Conservation, is suggesting the Food Safety & Sanitation Program be cut for the second consecutive year. Alaska is not like any of the lower 48 states. It is preparing for a second year of a budget crisis caused by depressed… Continue Reading

Deli Sandwiches With Cucumbers Sold in Alaska Safeway and Carrs Stores Recalled

In cooperation with the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce recall of cucumbers that may be contaminated with Salmonella Poona, Safeway is voluntarily recalling made-to-order deli sandwiches with cucumbers produced by Andrew & Williamson and sold in nine Safeway and Carrs stores in Alaska. No illnesses have been associated with Safeway or Carrs sandwiches. Safeway stated… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Unexpected Food Safety Problem

Opinion

The Controlled Substances Act, which is not being enforced in states with recreational and medical marijuana, should be amended by Congress to explicitly allow any state marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference. That polite “butt out” request was made to the federal government last week in Seattle by the National Conference of State Legislatures… 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

Alaska Health Officials Warn Public After ‘Probable Case’ of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

A “probable case” of paralytic shellfish poisoning was reported this past weekend related to clams harvested at Kenai Peninsula’s Clam Gulch, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Department officials said Monday in a press release that a Kenai resident had harvested razor and possibly butter clams around noon on Sunday, ate the clams… Continue Reading