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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Has Sickened 50 People in 9 States

Raw tuna sushi could be the source

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At least 50 people in the southwestern U.S. have been sickened with a rare strain of Salmonella that has been associated with consumption of raw tuna sushi in several states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC said Monday that the agency is working with public health officials in nine states to… Continue Reading

Arizona Reports Nine-Case Outbreak From Rare Strain of Salmonella

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Maricopa County, AZ, is reporting nine illnesses from a rare strain of Salmonella paratypi which officials say is associated with raw minced or ground tuna used in sushi. Disease onset for the nine AZ cases was from April 3-16, 2015, and three people have been hospitalized, the county reported on Friday, May 15. “We are early into… Continue Reading

Orange County to Reconsider Adopting Restaurant Letter Grades

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Health officials in Orange County, CA, are reportedly getting ready to again propose rating restaurants with letter grades based on their latest inspection results. There have been two previous attempts to convince the county’s board of supervisors to adopt the system using A, B and C letter grades. This time, however, the proposal was requested… Continue Reading

25 Salmonella Cases Possibly Linked to Raw Tuna Sushi in California

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There are 18 confirmed cases of Salmonella Paratyphi in Southern California, including seven in Los Angeles County, four in Orange and Ventura counties, two in Riverside County, and one in Santa Barbara County. Seven other people sickened are from other states but had traveled to the area, according to the Ventura County Public Health Department. Five have… Continue Reading

Despite Fewer Inspectors, California’s Orange County Finds More Violations and Closes More Restaurants

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Without as many food safety cops on the beat in Orange County, home to 3 million Californians, health inspectors last year still found record numbers of violations and temporarily closed more restaurants than ever before, according to an investigation by a local media outlet. The Orange County Register on Sunday reported “steep climbs in forced restaurant… Continue Reading

California County Approves Restaurant Food Safety Placard Program

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The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in California has approved a new restaurant placarding program that will make it easier for the public to understand how a restaurant has scored on its most recent food safety inspection. Training for the new system will begin in June, and the program is scheduled to launch in January… Continue Reading

California, New York Lawmakers Propose Warning Labels for Soda

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California is having another run at adding warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages, and New York is joining in. Last year, state Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced a bill requiring 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… Continue Reading

CA Issues Public Health Warning About Raw Milk

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The state with the largest retail sales of raw milk in the United States is warning consumers that the consumption of unpasteurized (raw) dairy products may cause serious illness. The warning from Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and State Health Officer, was issued because six Northern California residents… Continue Reading

Napa County Looking Into 5 Hepatitis A Cases, 2 Linked to Restaurants

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Officials with the Napa County, CA, Public Health Division are investigating an unusual outbreak of Hepatitis A cases in the past two weeks, reportedly the first there in more than five years. The suspected source has not yet been announced. Two of the five confirmed cases are employees at La Toque restaurant and the Bank… Continue Reading

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

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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