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Australia’s Foodborne Illness Rates Falling Except for Salmonella

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Recent reports show that foodborne illness rates in Australia are falling except for Salmonella. According to an Aug. 12, 2015, story posted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, there has been a 50-percent increase in Salmonella infections in Victoria since 2012, and Salmonella infections have doubled in Queensland so far this year. Salmonella bacteria can be found in… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning for Customers of Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta

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Diners who recently ate at Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta, are being warned by Alberta Health Services that a kitchen worker tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious virus that can be transmitted via food, according to Canada’s CBC News. Patrons who ate at the restaurant and bar between June 9 and 19, 2015, may… Continue Reading

New Jersey Township Agrees to Hike Fines on Problem Restaurants

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On Tuesday, the Hamilton (New Jersey) Township Council unanimously passed a food safety ordinance that will hike fines on local restaurants that repeatedly fail health and safety inspections. Ordinance 15-025 increases the current $250 fine to $350 for restaurants that fail food safety inspections three times in a two-year period and stipulates a $500 fine for… Continue Reading

Employee at Utah Restaurant Tests Positive for Hepatitis A

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An employee at the Pizza Cart restaurant in Cedar City, UT, has tested positive for Hepatitis A, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. Department officials are alerting customers who ate at the restaurant from April 29-June 1, 2015, that they may have been exposed to the virus. Those previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A are… Continue Reading

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