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New Jersey Township Tries Again for Fines on Food Safety Violators

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After dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis A late last year, Hamilton Township, NJ, has introduced new food safety laws to fine restaurants for health violations and require that establishments prominently display food license and food inspection reports. If passed by the Hamilton Township Council, Ordinance 15-025 would require restaurants to pay $350 for a… Continue Reading

Two New Jersey Restaurant Workers Recently Test Positive for Hepatitis A

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According to the Camden County Health Department in New Jersey, a server at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ, recently tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus. The health department has reportedly vaccinated the rest of the employees to protect them and keep the virus from spreading. The restaurant issued a statement saying that the health… Continue Reading

New Jersey Township Won’t Get Tougher on Restaurants After Hepatitis A Scare

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When a food service employee with Hepatitis A was found working at Rosa’s Restaurant and Catering in Hamilton, NJ, late last year, the incident quickly turned into a headache. The sprawling New Jersey township, which spans 40 square miles, had to set up a clinic at its Colonial Volunteer Fire Company and run a public education… Continue Reading

FDA Exercised FSMA Recall Authority for OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements

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In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exercised its recall authority granted by the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) for the second time. FDA published its second annual report to Congress this past week on the use of mandatory recall authority, stating that it had issued a Notification of Opportunity… Continue Reading

Arkansas Officials Warn About Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A at Subway

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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning the public about possible exposure to Hepatitis A after a Subway employee in Morrilton, AR, tested positive for the virus. Anyone who ate food from the Morrilton Subway outlet between March 25, 2015, and April 5, 2015, and is experiencing symptoms should contact their primary care provider immediately,… Continue Reading

NC Restaurant Owner Calls for Mandatory Hepatitis A Vaccinations

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After an employee of Dogwood Southern Table and Bar in Charlotte, NC, tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus last month, the Mecklenburg County Health Department advised staff members and patrons who visited the restaurant over a two-day period to get a vaccination. Now Jon Dressler, the owner of Dogwood, is proposing that all restaurant employees in Mecklenburg County… Continue Reading

UK Foodborne Virus Reports Identify Areas Needing More Research

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There were two reports published Wednesday on the status of viruses in the UK food chain. The first, a report by Food Standards Agency (FSA) Chief Scientific Advisor Guy Poppy, explores what viruses in food are, how they cause disease, how FSA is working with others to use science to understand them, and some of… Continue Reading

New York Hepatitis A Case Prompts Vaccine Clinics

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Officials in Erie County, NY, announced Sunday that two precautionary public health clinics are being held in response to a recent confirmed case of Hepatitis A in a restaurant worker at Casa-di-Pizza in Buffalo, NY. The purpose of the clinics is to prevent infection to anyone who may have been exposed. “Dine-in patrons of Casa-di-Pizza… Continue Reading

Napa County Looking Into 5 Hepatitis A Cases, 2 Linked to Restaurants

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Officials with the Napa County, CA, Public Health Division are investigating an unusual outbreak of Hepatitis A cases in the past two weeks, reportedly the first there in more than five years. The suspected source has not yet been announced. Two of the five confirmed cases are employees at La Toque restaurant and the Bank… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Cases in Australia Linked to Frozen Berries Increase to 14

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At least 14 people in Australia have been sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries, both distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria. The following products are subject to recall:… Continue Reading