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McDonald’s stock slips on news of hepatitis A infected worker

Another foodservice worker in Kentucky has been confirmed infected with the hepatitis A virus, but this time a McDonald’s location is implicated and the customers who ate and drank there are not the only people at risk. The fast food giant’s shareholders saw their stock dip with the news. Madison County (Kentucky) Health Department officials… Continue Reading

Six more states identify victims after NJ detects outbreak

Disease detectives from state and federal agencies are investigating an E. coli O157: H7 outbreak identified by New Jersey officials in recent days. The CDC reports people in seven states have been infected. Of the 17 confirmed victims, six have had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization. One has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),… Continue Reading

Kentucky food handler with hepatitis A exposes customers

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department is investigating a case of Hepatitis A in a food preparation worker at a convenience store in Ashland, a Kentucky city on the southern bank of the Ohio River. Health officials say the employee prepared food at Ken’s Express Mart in the 900 block of 29th St. and worked from… Continue Reading

All victims in New Jersey E. coli outbreak admitted to hospitals

An E. coli outbreak in New Jersey has a 100 percent hospitalization rate and is  possibly linked to eating at Panera Bread, based on patient interviews. Although state health officials did not specifically name Panera Bread in an undated statement posted this weekend, local officials have told media in New Jersey that their investigation includes… Continue Reading

CDC says Salmonella outbreak traced to chicken salad is over

A deadly Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak traced to fresh chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores appears to be over after infecting at least 265 people. One person in Iowa died and 94 of the victims had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization, according to a Friday update from the Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

FDA flexes muscles, mandates recall of kratom for Salmonella

Triangle Pharmanaturals staff refused to discuss lab tests with FDA, also would not reveal records

For the first time ever the FDA has ordered a company to recall products, with the dubious honor going to Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC. The Las Vegas company refused to pull its kratom products after state and federal tests showed Salmonella contamination. The recall order from the Food and Drug Administration comes amidst an ongoing outbreak… Continue Reading

More kratom capsules recalled for Salmonella amid outbreak

A Texas company is recalling various lots of multiple kratom supplements because samples have tested positive for Salmonella. The recall notice on the FDA’s website does not specify what strain of the pathogen inspectors found, but 87 people in 35 states are infected in an outbreak traced to kratom products. Other companies have already recalled kratom products because they… Continue Reading

A conundrum: Multi-agency jurisdiction and rules under FSMA

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Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a… Continue Reading