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Hepatitis outbreak linked to frozen organic fruit sold at Costco

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Canadian officials have linked an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak to a frozen organic fruit blend of berries and cherries sold exclusively at Costco stores. Nature’s Touch is recalling its “Organic Berry Cherry Blend” because of the outbreak. Canadian health officials are particularly concerned that consumers may have the product, which has a “Best Before” date… Continue Reading

Food service worker at movie theater exposed patrons to Hep A

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Oregon’s Clackamah County Public Health Department is advising area residents who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A at a local movie theater  to check their immunization status. If they have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A, people can obtain medication that can decrease their chances of becoming ill. The treatment is effective for up to two… Continue Reading

B.C. Hepatitis A Outbreak Under Investigation

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British Columbia health authorities are monitoring a Hepatitis A outbreak in Dawson Creek, B.C. and trying to identify the source of the viral infection. Northern Health’s chief medical officer Dr. Sandra Allison said there have been five confirmed cases. Allison said the health teams are trying to identify where the infected people have been and eaten… Continue Reading

Vaccinations Offered After Hepatitis A Case Confirmed in NY Pizza Worker

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The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at Mark’s Pizzeria at 1963 Kingdom Plaza, Waterloo, NY. Public health officials stated that individuals not previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A and who consumed cold foods, such as subs, salads, vegetables, lemons and celery sticks, from Mark’s… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Confirmed in McDonald’s Worker in New York State

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The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at the McDonald’s outlet at 2500 Mound Rd. in Waterloo, NY. This individual worked while they may have been shedding the Hepatitis A virus and before being diagnosed with the illness, the department stated. Because of how Hepatitis A… Continue Reading

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

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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

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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

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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

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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