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Norovirus outbreak closes shellfish beds in Cape Cod town

After receiving reports last week of about 75 norovirus cases, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries closed down shellfish beds in the Town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. State food protection officials also notified businesses to recall any affected shellfish harvested in the area on or after Sept…. Continue Reading

Health Officials: Boston College Illness Outbreak is Norovirus

City health experts and Chipotle Mexican Grill agreed Tuesday that as many as 80 mostly Boston College students sickened over the weekend likely were victims of the “vomiting disease” known as norovirus and not victims of the more serious nine-state E. coli O26 outbreak. Members of the Boston College men’s basketball team were among the… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Officials Close Some Oyster Beds After Vibrio Outbreak

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have announced a 14-day closure of oyster beds located in Duxbury Bay, Kingston Bay, Bluefish River, Back River, and Plymouth Harbor. This closure is due to two additional confirmed illnesses traced to oysters harvested from… Continue Reading

MA Restaurant Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Closed ‘Until Further Notice’

A number of cases of foodborne illness have reportedly been linked to food served by the Churrascaria Aveirense restaurant in New Bedford, MA, and local health officials asked the owners to close the restaurant until all employees have tested negative and the facility meets all food-safety requirements. News reports stated that the restaurant, which serves Portuguese food and… Continue Reading

19 Recent Salmonella Cases Linked to MA Restaurant

State and local health department officials are investigating 19 Salmonella cases linked to a restaurant in Holyoke, MA. Brian Fitzgerald, Holyoke’s health director, told a local TV station that officials were trying to figure out why people were apparently sickened after eating at the Delaney House in Holyoke between Nov. 11 and 15, 2014. Investigative reports from… Continue Reading

Officials Investigating Possible Salmonella Outbreak in Massachusetts and Other States

Health officials are investigating a series of potentially related Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, one of them known to be Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health revealed Thursday that it is investigating a possible cluster of Salmonella illnesses in the state, according to Fox25. The department said the potential multistate outbreak is also being investigated by federal… Continue Reading

Ground Beef Linked to E. coli Recalled From Two Whole Foods Market Stores in Massachusetts

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products from two of its Massachusetts stores because of potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced early Friday. Subject to this recall are 73 lbs. of ground beef products produced June 21 at the company’s South Weymouth,… Continue Reading

At Least 27 Sickened with Salmonella After Eating at Clover Restaurants

The number of customers sickened with Salmonella after dining at Clover Food Lab locations in Massachusetts has risen to 27, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The exact source of contamination has still not been identified and the investigation remains ongoing, according to state health department spokesman David Kibbe. Investigators know that the… Continue Reading