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Crowdsourcing was right about Weston Jimmy John’s outbreak

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Iwaspoisoned.com, the crowdsourcing site for safer dining, was correct in finding norovirus was making people sick after they ate at the Weston Jimmy John’s near Wausau, WI. The Marathon County Health Department reports a norovirus outbreak was responsible for making about 100 people since April 7.  The department began collecting reports from people who picked… Continue Reading

State oyster recall underway on Pacific Northwest coast over Norovirus

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Due to multiple reports of oyster-associated Norovirus-like illnesses, Washington State is conducting a recall for all shellfish harvested from 3/15/17 to 4/11/17 from the implicated portion of the Hammersley Inlet growing area.   The area of the recall has been closed. At this time the following companies are identified in this recall include:  Calm Cove Shellfish… Continue Reading

Researchers zap noro on fresh lettuce with blast of ionized gas

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When you put one of the toughest bugs on the planet in a match-up with some of the most delicate fresh foods, it doesn’t take a Vegas mathematician to figure the odds are against the food making it through a sterilization process undamaged. Among the most delicate and most prone to carry foodborne illnesses are… Continue Reading

Cold plasma proving to be hottest new food safety treatment

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Described as a “purple blow torch” by food safety scientists, cold plasma treatment can kill 99.9 percent of norovirus on blueberries without damaging the delicate fruit, giving a food safety boost to the so-called superfood. Brendan Niemira, a microbiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA, and a team… Continue Reading

Seattle health officials close down food vendor after norovirus reports

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Public health officials in Seattle have shut down two Indian food vendor locations in Redmond, WA, after a dozen presumed norovirus cases were reported. According to an announcement from Public Health – Seattle & King County, 12 people from a single party became ill with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating food associated with Mayuri Foods & Video and… Continue Reading

Report: Hotel chef ‘most likely’ source of norovirus outbreak

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The source of a norovirus outbreak in Wisconsin this past spring that sickened 54 people “most likely” was a hotel chef infected with a rare strain of the virus, namely Norovirus genogroup II.17B (Kawasaki), which has only been seen in the United States in the past five years. That’s according to a Final Investigation Report released Oct. 26 from… Continue Reading

Norovirus isn’t rocket science: Wash your freakin’ hands

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It’s estimated that the average person will get norovirus five times during their lifetime. Globally, there are 685 million cases of norovirus each year, with approximately 20 million of those cases occurring in the United States. Norovirus is the number one foodborne illness – and the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks – in the… Continue Reading

Norovirus outbreak closes shellfish beds in Cape Cod town

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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

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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

Opinion

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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