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Infected restaurant worker spurs hepatitis A alert in Alabama

A pizza restaurant in Alabama is working with the state Department of Public Health, after discovering that one of the restaurant’s food handlers is infected with hepatitis A. The health department (ADPH) has contacted many customers of Marco’s Pizza in Anniston, AL, directly regarding the highly contagious virus, according to a news release. Post-exposure treatment is available, but must be administered within two… Continue Reading

Maryland confirms papayas contaminated with Salmonella

The Maryland Department of Health is warning consumers to not eat Caribeña’s brand yellow Maradol papayas because they could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The yellow papayas have been distributed to stores throughout the state of Maryland. State officials discovered the contamination in the course of an ongoing Salmonella case investigation, according to the June 19 warning from the… Continue Reading

Real-time recall alerts — long needed and now possible

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More than one in six people in the United States are poisoned by adulterated food each year, and more than 3,000 of them die, with the CDC estimating the numbers are actually 30 times higher when you consider under reporting and unconfirmed cases of disease.  These cases of preventable diseases cause many other impacts on the public health, including… Continue Reading

Smoked mackerel from Philippines could cause botulism

New York officials have warned the public to not eat Phil Am branded smoked mackerel — Hasa Hasa — because it was not eviscerated and could contain spores that cause botulism poisoning. The fish is a product of the Philippines and is sold by the Asian Supermarket Group Inc. of Albany, NY, according to the… Continue Reading

Paralytic shellfish poison closes harbor to shellfish harvest

Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon-Maury Island in Puget Sound is closed to recreational shellfish harvesting until further notice because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP). The Washington Department of Health posted the closure today for recreational harvesting, noting that the harbor remains open to commercial harvest. The closure includes all species of shellfish including… Continue Reading

Michigan warns against raw milk; two children sick from E. coli

Michigan public health officials are urging consumers to avoid drinking or serving unpasteurized, raw milk because of two recent cases of E. coli infections in young children. Both of the children, in Oakland and Wayne counties, consumed raw milk in the days before becoming sick with what turned out to be E. coli O157:H7. “Raw… Continue Reading