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The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

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The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading

Hawaii seeks to update food safety regs following outbreaks

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In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday. Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist… Continue Reading

New Hawaii Hepatitis A Shot Class Settled

Press Release

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A settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against New Hawaii Sea Restaurant, formerly of the Bronx, New York. Approximately 3,000 people received Hepatitis A vaccinations after being exposed to the illness by the restaurant in September 2013 and all are included in the class-action lawsuit. The deadline for applying to receive a portion of the $200,000 settlement is December… Continue Reading

Only 1 new Hepatitis A case in 2 weeks in Hawaii’s outbreak

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With only one new diagnosis in the past two weeks, a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii appears to be contained with less than 300 people confirmed as victims. In its weekly update Wednesday, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) reported no new confirmed cases from Nov. 3 through 9. It recorded one new case the… Continue Reading

Federal law gags FDA on recall as vaccination window closes

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County and state health departments continue to dribble out details on restaurants, schools and other foodservice operations that received and served frozen strawberries from Egypt that are under recall for Hepatitis A contamination as time runs out for potential victims to receive post-exposure vaccinations. The post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) must be administered within two weeks or… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Live long and prosper, if you’re one of the few

Opinion

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So many things about the computer age are so disappointing, so frustrating, so last century. Don’t get me wrong. The information superhighway is a groovy trip and I’m happy to be along for the ride via this incredible bit of technology sitting on my lap. It’s so much more convenient than the key punch cards… Continue Reading

FDA, shippers fail to reveal who received recalled strawberries

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State and local health departments across the country are apparently being left to their own devices to alert the public to potential Hepatitis A exposure from strawberries from Egypt as the window of opportunity for post-exposure vaccination slips closed. The recalled frozen strawberries were served as recently as Oct. 27, according to the Food and… Continue Reading

Strawberries linked to outbreak went to schools, restaurants

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Health officials are urging foodservice operators — including schools and restaurants across the country — to check their freezers for recalled strawberries from Egypt that may be contaminated with Hepatitis A. The strawberries, produced and exported from Egypt by the International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing (ICAPP), are implicated in a nine-state Hepatitis A… Continue Reading

Public’s view of berry recall blocked by corporate consideration

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A vague link in the supply chain is blurring the public’s view of a recall of frozen strawberries from Egypt that are blamed for infecting at least 134 people across nine states in an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. The Egyptian company that produced, processed and exported the fruit is recalling all of the frozen strawberries… Continue Reading

Egyptian firm recalls some frozen strawberries for Hepatitis A

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The International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan City, Egypt, is voluntarily recalling frozen strawberries in response to the ongoing investigation into a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration’s recall announcement, dated Sunday, stated that the company’s action was taken in consultation with FDA because… Continue Reading