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Briefly: Prison brew — Disease detecting — Deadly delicacy

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Poison prison brew has high price A botulism outbreak in a Utah prison cost local taxpayers at least $500,000 after… Continue Reading

Raw oyster consumption continues, as do vibriosis outbreaks

Since the beginning of June, Public Health Officials have investigated multiple reports of people developing vibriosis symptoms after consuming raw oysters at several restaurants and markets in Seattle-King County area. There are now 25 confirmed and probable victims who all experienced the watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting of vibriosis, as reported by Public Health of Seattle-King County. “Environmental health inspectors conducted on site investigations to ensure… Continue Reading

Second restaurant linked to illnesses involving raw oysters

For the second time this week Seattle health officials reported that people who recently ate raw oysters there became sick. Six people in two dinner parties who ate raw oysters at the White Swan Public House restaurant on June 30 and July 3 became sick with gastric symptoms consistent with vibriosis, according to a Thursday… Continue Reading

Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches. “Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according… Continue Reading

Norovirus-contaminated oysters sicken hundreds in Canada, USA

Consumption of raw or undercooked oysters from British Columbia is blamed for 321 cases of norovirus gastroenteritis in three Canadian provinces, according to an updated report from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), released March 27. The outbreak, which has affected residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, began in December 2016 and is… Continue Reading

Keep the love alive …

... and the pathogens dead; be safe with Valentine's Day oysters

Oysters and champagne. Love is in the air. It must be Valentine’s Day. Yes, indeed, oysters have long been associated with romance — the perfect aphrodisiac. There’s actually some science to back that up, although it’s about the way rats, not humans, responded to oysters in a 2005 study done by a team of Italian… Continue Reading

Study directly links increase in vibrio cases to global warming trend

A recent study may be the first one to link a warming trend in sea surface temperatures to the spread of vibrios and the human diseases which can be caused by pathogenic strains. “In this study, for the first time to our knowledge, experimental evidence is provided on the link between multidecadal climatic variability in the… Continue Reading

FDA sued for failing to impose regs about shellfish bacteria

The FDA’s failure to act to protect the public from deadly bacteria in shellfish not only means the agency is in violation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, but it means at least 15 people will likely die unnecessarily every year, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Oyster research could lead to food safety strategies

Microbes battling microbes. This type of warfare is happening all around us — and even inside of us — every day. And as in every battle, there are good microbes and bad microbes, depending on what you want the outcome to be. In this case, the bad guys are pathogens that are infecting large numbers… Continue Reading

Hawaii Recalls Korean Raw Oysters After Reports of Norovirus Illnesses

Raw oysters imported from Korea and sold in bulk to distributors and food establishments in Hawaii are being recalled. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) said the individually quick frozen (IQF) packaged under the Dai One Food Company label, with shellfish harvest dates of Feb. 10 -13, 2015, with shellfish tags on all shellfish… Continue Reading