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Michigan posts 25th hepatitis A death; restaurant worker sick

Some patrons of Red Lobster restaurant in Novi still have time for post-exposure treatment

An outbreak of hepatitis A has claimed another life in Michigan. Also, another restaurant worker has tested positive for the highly contagious virus, exposing an unknown number of people who ate at a Red Lobster in the past month. The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as of the state health department’s most recent… Continue Reading

County requires hepatitis A vaccines for some food workers

Earlier this week the Salt Lake County Board of Health amended “Health Regulation #5: Food Sanitation” to require hepatitis A vaccination for all food workers in an establishment when anyone working in that establishment has been in contact with someone infected with hepatitis A. The amendment is in response to Salt Lake County’s ongoing hepatitis… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: For goodness sake, vaccinate – for Hep A

Opinion

There are now 16 dead with 292 sickened with hepatitis A in San Diego — mostly in the ignored homeless population. And, the numbers of people with this preventable disease is spiking. Colorado has 57 ill with 1 death; Michigan has 319 ill with 14 deaths; and New York has 46 ill. Other states and cities… Continue Reading

NSF’s EyeSucceed becomes Glass Partner; refines safety focus

Onsite inspections have long been a standard tool for food safety training and enforcement efforts, but wearable technology and augmented reality are combining to change that with Google Glass. EyeSucceed, a technology company focusing on food safety, is the latest Glass Partner, according to an announcement this morning from parent company NSF International. NSF’s Tom… Continue Reading

NM food handlers, foodservice operators face new regs

Foodservice operations such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools and prisons in New Mexico face a March 1 deadline to meet new state food safety requirements, but they’ve already had a year’s grace period to get their ducks and disinfectants in a row. Key provisions of the prevention-based regulations went into effect a year ago, but… Continue Reading

Norovirus isn’t rocket science: Wash your freakin’ hands

Opinion

It’s estimated that the average person will get norovirus five times during their lifetime. Globally, there are 685 million cases of norovirus each year, with approximately 20 million of those cases occurring in the United States. Norovirus is the number one foodborne illness – and the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks – in the… Continue Reading

Restaurant study group calls for back-to-basics approach

Opinion

A record setting number of attendees for the National Restaurant Association’s Quality Assurance Study Group’s annual session filled the Millennium Conference Room at Loews Philadelphia Hotel this past week for a three-day introspection of the industry’s food safety policies and practices. Day 1 was headlined with a keynote address by Frank Yiannas, Wal-Mart’s vice president… Continue Reading

The outbreak breakthrough of whole genome sequencing

Opinion

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three guest opinion columns by Jim Mann in recognition of September as Food Safety Month. Whole genome sequencing, WGS, is a new motivator for enhanced hand washing in all locations where people are preparing and/or serving food. More broadly, it is a robust laboratory procedure for… Continue Reading