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Oregon Worker Dies After Falling Into Meat Grinder

An Oregon man contracted to clean a meat processing plant died last week when he fell into a machine at the facility. Hugo Avalos-Chanon, age 41, of Southeast Portland died late Friday night after becoming entangled in a blender at the Interstate Meat Disrtibutors, Inc. plant in Clackamas, OR, reported the Oregonian. Interstate Meat Distributors… Continue Reading

Study Highlights Campylobacter Risk Factors for Poultry Plant Workers

A new analysis of Campylobacter infections among workers at a Virginia poultry plant offers hints about which employees more likely to fall ill from the bacteria. Government researchers examined health data for plant employees from January 2008 through May 2011 and found that 29 Campylobacter cases had been confirmed during that time period. Their findings… Continue Reading

Sick Subway Employees Worked During Norovirus Outbreak

Employees at an Indiana Subway restaurant went to work in January despite being sick with Norovirus, according to a health department investigation. During a Norovirus outbreak in Blackford County that sickened 90 residents from January 5 through January 8 of this year, workers at a Hartford City Subway continued to report to their jobs despite… Continue Reading

Better to Vaccinate Food Workers Ahead of Time

Making restaurants pay for vaccinating their own employees against hepatitis A before they become food service workers would be a far cheaper alternative than running huge vaccination clinics after a food service worker becomes infected and exposes the public. The city of Lubbock, TX is the latest community holding a vaccination clinic — at a… Continue Reading

Kitchen Confusion: Food Workers Score Poorly on Safe Handling Test

Diners beware: some restaurant workers may not have a full grasp of what it takes to keep food safe from contamination. That’s according to a recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which posed a series of food safety questions to area food handlers and found that the average respondent was able to… Continue Reading

Help to Keep Sick Workers from Handling Food

The “Big 5” in food-safety parlance are norovirus, hepatitis A, Salmonella Typhi, Shigella and E. coli O157:H7 and its dangerous cousins, bugs that have high infectivity and can be easily transmitted to food by sick food servers. Everyone working with food should know about the Big 5, and be aware of their responsibility to report… Continue Reading