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Teens can learn food safety habits, but reinforcement needed

Each year, the Government of Canada estimates that one in eight Canadians get sick from a foodborne illness, for a total of 4 million Canadians. Anyone who has ever been through a bout of food poisoning will most likely never forget how terrible and traumatic it was. Public health officials from local to federal levels often warn about how young children, the elderly, pregnant women,… Continue Reading

Penn State aims to improve global health with food safety training

Like extension offices at land grant universities across the country, Penn State Extension offers classes on topics that include food safety. But the public research university is taking it a big step further. With a trial run in Armenia completed, Penn State wants to take its Extension Service’s food safety program international to combat conditions that… Continue Reading

WebMD lists foods ‘most likely’ to cause foodborne illnesses

WebMD, the popular website for checking on symptoms and finding a medical doctor, has published a list of foods “most likely” to cause foodborne illness. Certain foods, more than others, are linked to foodborne illnesses, according to federal public health officials. WebMD reports its “most likely” list from the federal Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

Outbreaks in Japan likely from contaminated seaweed facility

Outbreak investigators in Japan have identified contamination in a seaweed production plant as the cause of seven foodborne illness outbreaks that sickened almost 2,100 people in 2017. The seven foodborne norovirus outbreaks were all attributable to dried, shredded seaweed called nori, according to a report from researchers in Japan and published in recent days by… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Besides hepatitis A, what do McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Texas Roadhouse have in common?

Opinion

Answer: They are all in Kentucky where a hepatitis A outbreak has been ongoing for months. With 272 people infected with Hepatitis A in Kentucky, restaurants must offer hepatitis A vaccines to employees – its common sense. – Full Report A McDonald’s Corp. employee in Kentucky could have potentially spread hepatitis A to customers, according to local health… Continue Reading

City offers hep A vaccine subsidies to foodservice workers

Kentucky

Nearly 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Louisville, KY, since November 2017, so local health officials are offering $25 vaccines to restaurant and foodservice workers in an attempt to curb the outbreak. The initiative was launched this week by the Department of Public Health and Wellness in partnership with the University of Louisville’s Global… Continue Reading

Dozens on school trip sent to hospitals; norovirus suspected

Four dozen British teens and three adults ended up in hospitals in Washington D.C. this past weekend during a school trip that began in New York City. Although all of the students and adults were not exhibiting symptoms, at least a dozen were so sick with classic food poisoning symptoms that public officials in the… Continue Reading

Food, animals suspected in Salmonella outbreaks in Sweden

Swedish public health officials are investigating an outbreak of  Salmonella that is believed to be foodborne. Since October 2017, there have been 63 cases of Salmonella Kentucky infections reported by Swedish health authorities. Of those, 37 are in Västra Götaland, nine in Uppsala, three each in Skåne and Värmland, seven in Stockholm and four in… Continue Reading