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Update: 37 Salmonella Illnesses Linked to North Carolina Restaurant

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The Watauga County office of the Appalachian District Health Department is working with the North Carolina Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak linked to Proper Restaurant in Boone, NC. As of Friday, the health department had identified nine individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with Salmonellosis: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea,… Continue Reading

Update: NC Student Still Hospitalized in Apparent E. Coli Outbreak

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A middle-school student from Davidson County, NC, has been hospitalized for more than a week with symptoms related to an apparent E. coli infection that sickened three children in late December, according to a Monday report in a local newspaper. The student was one of two Tyro Middle School students admitted for their symptoms. A… Continue Reading

NC Officials Suspect E. Coli Infection in Three Children

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Health officials in North Carolina’s Davidson County now say they are investigating illnesses in three children possibly infected with E. coli. The news on Monday came after officials already reported two children sick over the weekend. The first two children attend Tyro Middle School and were both hospitalized Friday after suffering from severely bloody diarrhea… Continue Reading

Final Report Issued on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Church Barbeque

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Late last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health (NCDPH) released a final report detailing its investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to a fundraising barbeque held at Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby, NC, on Sept. 7, 2013. The report states that 104 people between the ages… Continue Reading

Certified Food Protection Managers Soon Required in All North Carolina Restaurants

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North Carolina will soon join the ranks of states requiring certified food protection managers (CFPM) in all restaurants and other food-service outlets. By Jan. 1, 2014, NC establishments must have at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited program or face a two-point violation from the… Continue Reading

Update: 103 Now Reported Ill With Salmonella Following NC Church Barbecue

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There are now 103 reported Salmonella victims following a fundraising barbecue held Sept. 7 at a church in Shelby, NC. News reports on Wednesday stated that there were now 45 cases in Cleveland County, 52 in Rutherford County and five in other North Carolina counties. Another Salmonella case was previously reported in South Carolina. Pastor… Continue Reading

2013 Legislative Season Ends with ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills Defeated in 11 States

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It took a time-killing debate in the Indiana General Assembly and a game-changing veto by Gov. Bill Haslam in Tennessee. And only when North Carolina’s Legislature adjourned for the year last Friday could animal welfare groups say they had defeated ag-gag everywhere it had a chance of becoming law. All the so-called ag-gag bills —… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to N.C. Holiday Inn Sickened 100, Final Report Says

The Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to a Holiday Inn in North Carolina ultimately sickened at least 100 people this May, the North Carolina Division of Public Heath reported this week. The bacteria was linked to the All American Grill at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville, NC, according to the final outbreak report, issued by… Continue Reading

NC Farm Bill Assumes Growers Are Not to Blame for Food Illnesses

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States have farm bills too, and North Carolina’s 2013 edition shows they can be significant. Senate Bill 638, known as the NC Farm Bill of 2013, takes a big bite out of any potential food safety liability fruit and vegetable growers might face while giving more legal protection to those involved in equine and animal… Continue Reading

NC Holiday Inn Salmonella Outbreak Declared Over at 103 Cases

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No new cases of Salmonella have surfaced in Fayetteville, N.C., since May 15, meaning the outbreak linked to the Holiday Inn Bordeaux has likely come to an end, according to officials at the Cumberland County Department of Public Health. At least 103 people have reported signs or symptoms of Salmonella infections. At least 12 of… Continue Reading