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ICYMI: In Case You Missed It


In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Sept. 21. His peanut-broker brother, Michael Parnell, got 20 years, and former PCA Quality Assurance Manager Mary… Continue Reading

Vaccines Given After SC Hardee’s Hep A Exposure Near 5,000 Mark

Hardee's restaurant Duncan SC

While there are no additional confirmed cases of Hepatitis A associated with the investigation of two Hardee’s restaurants in South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control says it has now provided 4,809 vaccinations at its Hep A vaccine clinics in Spartanburg and Greenville. Vaccinations are being offered to individuals who might have… Continue Reading

Hep A Clinics Open Sunday and Monday for Customers of Two SC Hardee’s

Hardee's restaurant Duncan SC

Sept. 19 update: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will again have its facilities open in Greenville and Spartanburg from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, to provide post-exposure treatment to individuals who might have been exposed to Hepatitis A… Continue Reading

Australia’s Foodborne Illness Rates Falling Except for Salmonella


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


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


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


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


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


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


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