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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

Your life is in your hands: Global Handwashing Day is Oct. 15


To watch a CDC video on handwashing techniques and why its important to get it done right, click on the image.

Editor’s note: In recognition of Global Handwashing Day today, we have compiled information from the CDC about why it is so important to promote this simple activity.  Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you and those around you can stay healthy. Proper hand washing at… Continue Reading

Conquering this enemy is increasingly a matter of choice


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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three guest opinion columns by Jim Mann in recognition of September as National Food Safety Month. The more we learn about norovirus, the clearer the choices are in changing current behaviors. Foodservice operators know a lot about norovirus, especially in how to cope with an outbreak. What… Continue Reading

NoroCORE doubles down on nearly perfect human pathogen


To watch a 4-minute video presentation by Lee-Ann Jaykus, scientific director of NoroCORE, click on the image.

Originally posted by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on the USDA’s website, this column was written by Lee-Ann Jaykus, NoroCORE scientific director, and Elizabeth Bradshaw, NoroCORE extension associate. NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. Even if you have… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sending condolences to Chipotle’s PR guy



What a drag it must be to wake up every day as the public relations guy for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Seriously, consumers to the left of you, media to the right, and there you are — stuck in the middle with Steve Ells and the burrito bunch. For almost a year now the Denver-based fast… Continue Reading

Norovirus is parked down the road from GOP convention


Those attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland should have little to worry about when it comes to a norovirus outbreak more than a hour away in Sandusky, OH. The 11 staffers who were stricken are members of the advance team for the California delegation.The first illnesses began before the largest delegation arrived. By the… Continue Reading

Fish, chicken and dairy — mostly raw milk — top outbreak list


The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is out with its annual report on foodborne disease outbreaks, showing 864 outbreaks involving 13,246 people, 712 hospitalizations and 21 deaths in 2014. CDC also reported the outbreaks led to 21 recalls of food products in 2014. Among the report’s other findings: Single food… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Exchange with CDC shows Chipotle still in denial



You cannot make this stuff up. Chipotle Mexican Grill just keeps on giving. The Denver burrito chain was much in the news in the last half of 2015 with its back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back outbreaks involving one pathogen or another, sickening its customers and closing stores by the cluster. Not much was left of Chipotle’s “food with integrity”… Continue Reading

Worldwide human and economic costs of norovirus are huge


Leave it to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put a price tag on the worldwide cost of norovirus. After a CDC-sponsored symposium in February, scientists and experts calculated the global numbers, estimating 200,000 deaths and an economic cost of $60 billion annually. The Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit organization of… Continue Reading

Food protection group agrees norovirus needs more attention



Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID — On… Continue Reading