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California warns against eating some shellfish on Central Coast

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Levels of domoic acid 10 times the “action level” in certain shellfish along the Central Coast spurred California officials to issue a public warning against eating rock crabs and bivalve shellfish caught in the area. Specifically, Half Moon Bay rock crabs and Monterey Bay rock crabs and bivalve shellfish are on the danger list for… Continue Reading

Norovirus is parked down the road from GOP convention

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Those attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland should have little to worry about when it comes to a norovirus outbreak more than a hour away in Sandusky, OH. The 11 staffers who were stricken are members of the advance team for the California delegation.The first illnesses began before the largest delegation arrived. By the… Continue Reading

Officials shutter Arby’s outlet for the second time in two weeks

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County health officials have shut down an Arby’s outlet in Bakersfield, CA, for the second time in two weeks, reportedly due to a rodent infestation. According to Matt Constantine, Kern County public health officer, it was the first time he was aware of two such sequential closures. “This one is troubling to me and presents a real concern,”… Continue Reading

32 Campylobacter cases linked to California restaurant

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A Mexican restaurant in Fairfield, CA, has been closed since Wednesday while an investigation continues into 32 confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection. Alejandro’s Taqueria on Texas Street in downtown Fairfield is to remain shut down until revised operations meet with approval from county health officials. While nothing was posted on its website or Facebook page… Continue Reading

Raw milk producer says state’s testing method is the problem

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The owner of a California organic dairy is working with state officials to find the source of Salmonella that has twice this month caused recalls of his raw milk, even though he believes the state’s test results are not indicative of the safety of his unpasteurized dairy products. The 500-cow operation, Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in… Continue Reading

California lifts Dungeness crab health advisory in northern area

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along a stretch of the state’s northern coast. The advisory was for Dungeness crabs caught in ocean waters north of 40°46.15′ N Latitude — a line extending due west from the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt… Continue Reading

California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues

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California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading

California warns against soft cheeses, cites Salmonella uptick

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California health officials issued a warning Thursday about the dangers of eating illegally manufactured Mexican-style soft cheeses, which are often sold by street vendors, because of a “dramatic increase” in Salmonella infections since late 2015. At least 50 people have been confirmed with three different strains of Salmonella since November, according to a statement from Dr. Karen… Continue Reading

More E. coli victims identified in California raw milk outbreak

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California officials say the case count in the E. coli outbreak linked to unpasteurized raw milk from an organic dairy in Fresno is increasing, but they aren’t saying much else. As of Monday, 10 people have been confirmed with “closely related strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157:H7,” according to a spokesman for the California… Continue Reading

Federal law pre-empts California meat labeling/packaging law

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California cannot enforce the “slack fill” label and packaging requirements of the state’s Business and Professional Code because the state law is preempted by the federal Meat Inspection Act and the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Feb. 12 upheld the Aug. 19, 2013, decision by… Continue Reading