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UPDATE: Hepatitis A illnesses prompt recall of frozen strawberries

Update: The back of the Montana brand frozen strawberries packaging states the berries are from Egypt. Montana brand frozen strawberries are being pulled from Canadian stores because of possible hepatitis A contamination. This recall was triggered by findings during an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Besides hepatitis A, what do McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Texas Roadhouse have in common?

Opinion

Answer: They are all in Kentucky where a hepatitis A outbreak has been ongoing for months. With 272 people infected with Hepatitis A in Kentucky, restaurants must offer hepatitis A vaccines to employees – its common sense. – Full Report A McDonald’s Corp. employee in Kentucky could have potentially spread hepatitis A to customers, according to local health… Continue Reading

McDonald’s stock slips on news of hepatitis A infected worker

Another foodservice worker in Kentucky has been confirmed infected with the hepatitis A virus, but this time a McDonald’s location is implicated and the customers who ate and drank there are not the only people at risk. The fast food giant’s shareholders saw their stock dip with the news. Madison County (Kentucky) Health Department officials… Continue Reading

City offers hep A vaccine subsidies to foodservice workers

Kentucky

Nearly 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Louisville, KY, since November 2017, so local health officials are offering $25 vaccines to restaurant and foodservice workers in an attempt to curb the outbreak. The initiative was launched this week by the Department of Public Health and Wellness in partnership with the University of Louisville’s Global… Continue Reading

New Zealand officials remind people of the dangers of raw milk

New Zealand’s government is reminding people to be aware of the risks that come with drinking raw, unpasteurized milk. The country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) posted the consumer notice recently, citing recalls. “We have seen a number of recent recalls of raw milk and it’s important that consumers remember and understand that there are risks… Continue Reading

Kroger customers in Kentucky exposed to hepatitis A virus

A Kroger employee who worked in the produce aisle of a Kentucky grocery store in February exposed an unknown number of people to the highly contagious hepatitis A virus. Produce purchased at the Kroger store at 4915 Dixie Highway in Louisville should be thrown away, according to a statement from The Kroger Co. The Kroger… Continue Reading

Kentucky links Hepatitis A outbreak cases to others in California and Utah

Homeless people and drug users are apparently experiencing the brunt of Kentucky’s uptick in hepatitis A virus cases. The Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) has charted the increase since Jan. 1, 2017, with 103 confirmed cases, which have included 78 hospitalizations. The seven most recent illnesses came in during the count for the week… Continue Reading

Michigan posts 25th hepatitis A death; restaurant worker sick

Some patrons of Red Lobster restaurant in Novi still have time for post-exposure treatment

An outbreak of hepatitis A has claimed another life in Michigan. Also, another restaurant worker has tested positive for the highly contagious virus, exposing an unknown number of people who ate at a Red Lobster in the past month. The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as of the state health department’s most recent… Continue Reading