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California May Soon Require Paid Sick Time for Restaurant Workers and Others

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California is poised to become the second state in the country to require paid sick leave for workers, an issue that has serious food safety implications for the restaurant industry. Under the just-passed legislation, which is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature (and he has already expressed support), California workers as of July 1, 2015, would… Continue Reading

California Restaurant Closed for Two Days While Shigella Outbreak Investigated

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True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA, was closed for two days in late August while public health officials investigated six cases of Shigella infection. According to a Sept. 4 media report, those sickened tested positive for the intestinal bacteria, which causes severe diarrhea. Each person who became ill reportedly ate a meal… Continue Reading

Tested CA Produce Shows Little or No Detectable Pesticide Residues

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The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced Tuesday that the majority of 2013 produce samples it tested had little or no detectable pesticide residues and posed no health risk to the public. Ninety-five percent of all California-grown produce, sampled by DPR in 2013, was in compliance with the allowable limits, the agency stated. DPR tested… Continue Reading

California Antibiotics Bill Closer to Becoming Law

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On Monday, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 835 to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and require a veterinarian prescription for a livestock antibiotic. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other public interest groups such as the Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group and Sierra Club California opposed the measure because they say it… Continue Reading

Hawaii Could Follow California by Repealing Glove Law

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Cost concerns and general opposition may prompt Hawaii to try and follow California by repealing new state health rules requiring food service workers to use utensils or gloves when preparing sushi or other ready-to-eat foods. The new rules just went into effect July 21 and have already drawn criticism from restaurant managers who say that… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken Tops 600 Cases

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At least 27 additional cases of Salmonella infection have emerged in the ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken, bringing the total case count to 601. The new cases have been reported by the California Department of Public Health, which has now seen 468 of the cases — by far the most of any… Continue Reading

Soda Warning Label Rejected by California Assembly Health Committee

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California’s bill to add warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages has stalled in the state’s Assembly Health Committee. The state Senate passed the bill last month but fell three votes short of the 10 needed to pass the committee on Tuesday. After hearing from the bill’s author, Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), co-sponsors and beverage industry opponents,… Continue Reading

California Senate Passes Bill Requiring Warning Labels on Some Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

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The “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act” is now in the hands of the California State Assembly. Last week, the state Senate passed the bill, which would require that any sweetened non-alcoholic beverage (carbonated or non-carbonated) that contains 75 calories or more per 12 fluid ounces be labeled with the words, “Drinking beverages with added sugar(s)… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 New Cases of Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

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Another 50 illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported in connection with chicken from Foster Farms. The outbreak may not be over yet, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sees the numbers trending downward — something they view with a “glass half-full” mentality. CDC’s latest update puts the case count, as of… Continue Reading

Update: Consumers Warned About Toxins in Fish, Crab From Two CA Counties

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(April 29 update: This warning has been expanded to include crab.) The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught anchovy, sardines, or crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. According to CDPH, dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some of these… Continue Reading