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Hawaii Hep A outbreak nears 100; source a mystery

People who have recently been exposed to Hepatitis A and who have not been vaccinated previously should be administered a single dose of single-antigen Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible, within 2 weeks after exposure, according to the CDC. The average incubation period for Hepatitis A is 28 days, but symptoms can appear 15 to 50 days after exposure. (Photo courtesy of the CDC)

Extra staff is working overtime in Hawaii to find the cause of a Hepatitis A outbreak that has grown six-fold since July 1, but state officials admit they are stumped. Despite not having any hard leads on the source of the outbreak, State Epidemiologist Sarah Park said Tuesday that federal officials assisting with the investigation… Continue Reading

More than 600 sick in 45 states because of poultry pets

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Salmonella traced to backyard flocks and pet chicks and ducklings continues to claim victims, with public health officials now tracking eight outbreaks across 45 states. Since the outbreaks were reported on June 2, there have been 287 confirmed cases added, bringing the total to 611 people sickened, according to an update this week from the… 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

Seattle Salmonella victims ate pork from Kapowsin Meats

The Good Vibe Tribe Luau July 3 included pork from Kapowsin Meats, which was linked to a five-state Salmonella outbreak in 2015 that sickened 192 and resulted in a recall of more than 115,000 pounds of whole pigs.

Eleven people who attended a July 3 event in Seattle and ate pork provided by Kapowsin Meats became sick and health officials say they have laboratory evidence linking them to a Salmonella outbreak in 2015 that sickened almost 200 people and was traced to pork from Kapowsin Meats. “We know that the pork served at the luau was supplied by Kapowsin Meats,… Continue Reading

CDC closes investigation; warns of ongoing Listeria threat

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The investigation into a Listeriosis outbreak traced to frozen vegetables from CRF Frozen Foods Inc. has ended — but federal officials warn more people could still be stricken by the potentially deadly Listeria monocytogenes pathogen. “People could continue to get sick because recalled products may still be freezers and people who don’t know about the… Continue Reading

Chicago outbreak count doubles; officials offer scant details

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An E. coli outbreak in Chicago remains under investigation as more customers of Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill have been added to the victim count. Although public health officials would not comment on how many of the patients have required hospitalization, they did reveal the outbreak count more than doubled in size in eight days…. Continue Reading

Listeria outbreak set apple industry on a targeted course

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SEATTLE — Sometimes when something that “just can’t happen” does happen, valuable lessons are learned. That was the case when some batches of commercially produced, packaged, whole caramel apples turned out to be the cause of a listeriosis outbreak in 2014-15 that infected 35 people from 12 states, putting 34 of them in the hospital. Listeria… Continue Reading

E. coli source remains elusive; General Mills recall spans Pacific

This is one of the varieties of General Mills flour included in the now 30-million pound recall.

Five days after General Mills Inc. tripled the size of its flour recall — now at 30 million pounds — officials in China warned people there to stop using certain bags of Gold Medal flour because of possible E. coli contamination. Unlike the expanded recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, the… Continue Reading

Tech+intellect = 100% consumers at CPS Research Symposium

Bob Whitaker of the Produce Marketing Association, is on the board of directors for the Center for Produce Safety and is a member of its Technical Committee.

SEATTLE — The mood was upbeat as the Center for Produce Safety’s seventh annual Research Symposium opened. “Welcome to our coming-out party,” said an enthusiastic Steve Patricio, the center’s board chairman, as he welcomed more than 300 attendees to the two days of research reports about food safety in the fresh produce industry. Patricio, president and chief executive… Continue Reading

Inspection of Miller’s Organic Farm is July 11; raw milk at issue

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Amos Miller had his day in court, but he failed to show cause as to why Miller’s Organic Farm and he “should not produce the summoned information and grant summoned access.” That’s what federal Judge Edward G. Smith states in a newly issued court order. And that order, according to Paul Flanagan, a USDA Food… Continue Reading