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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

Opinion

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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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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

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

NoroCORE doubles down on nearly perfect human pathogen

Opinion

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

Opinion

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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

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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

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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