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At Least 96 Sickened With Norovirus at North Carolina Sushi Burger Bar

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At least 96 people were sickened with norovirus from The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in Charlotte, NC, in early June, reports the Charlotte Observer. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed one norovirus case with laboratory testing and said the other 95 were “probable” cases. The Cowfish closed on June 5 and… Continue Reading

Update: 1 Death, 248 Illnesses in Outbreak Linked to NC Restaurant

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In an update posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services stated that 248 cases of diarrheal illness and one death have now been identified in connection with the Tarheel Q barbecue restaurant in Lexington, NC. The update gave the following information: Of these 248 people, case distribution includes 19 North Carolina… Continue Reading

North Carolina’s Civil ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Getting National Attention

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An animal agriculture leader from a Western state says it’s hard not to be paying attention to North Carolina’s new Property Protection Act that was passed last week over GOP Governor Pat McCrory’s veto. That’s because, unlike the previous seven state laws adopted to shield animal agricultural operations from prying eyes, the new North Carolina law… Continue Reading

North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill, Wants Whistleblower Protections

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The North Carolina bill giving animal agriculture a civil cause of action against activists who enter closed areas of private property without permission was vetoed Friday by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. In his veto message, McCrory said this about House Bill 405: “This bill is intended to address a valid concern of our state’s businesses… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Better a Civil Action

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It was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said that “a state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” He meant that various state legislatures, especially over a period of years, may try different solutions to the… Continue Reading

Animal Agriculture Bill Gets a Civil Approach in North Carolina

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There’s no crime, no unconstitutional prior restraint on taking pictures or making videos, and no deadlines for turning over evidence of animal cruelty. Indeed, the elements that raise constitutional questions about some state “ag-gag” laws are not even found in the North Carolina bill now on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk Animal activists are still vigorously… Continue Reading

NC Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Re-Cooked Pulled Pork

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A Salmonella outbreak in North Carolina this past fall that sickened dozens of people has been linked to re-cooked pulled pork served at a church conference. According to news reports published Friday, the problem was probably smoked Boston butt prepared overnight by a member of the Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC, and then re-cooked the… Continue Reading

15 Postal Workers Hospitalized After Eating Potluck Leftovers

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At least North Carolina 15 postal workers were taken to the hospital Thursday after consuming food from a Veteran’s Day potluck. Dozens of employees at a U.S. Post Office on West Pointe Drive in western Mecklenberg County began experiencing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting after eating leftovers from a potluck held Tuesday evening, according to local… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning at North Carolina Nursing Home

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Health officials in North Carolina are warning visitors of the Golden Living Center in the town of Mount Airy that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A virus, according to local news station Fox 8. An employee at the nursing home was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A and might have prepared food while contagious… Continue Reading

Seven Salmonella Cases Confirmed After North Carolina Church Conference

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Officials with the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services in Gastonia, NC, announced Tuesday that they are investigating reports of Salmonellosis associated with a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC. As of Tuesday afternoon, health officials said there were seven confirmed cases, with a significant number of lab… Continue Reading