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San Francisco grocers subject to new meat/poultry reporting

Officials hope to leverage concern about antibiotic resistance to alter meat, poultry production

Lawmakers in the Golden Gate City want to close the door on unnecessary antibiotic use in livestock, so they’ve unanimously OK’d a local ordinance requiring large retailers to annually report on antibiotics used by their meat and poultry suppliers. The local law is the first of its kind in the country, according to the man who… Continue Reading

Antibiotic disclosure — another first for San Francisco?

Once again, San Francisco is poised to become the first city in the nation to take a legislative stand on a controversial topic. Its Board of Supervisors is set to vote tomorrow on an ordinance to require disclosure about the use of antibiotics by meat and poultry producers. The proposed ordinance does not, however, require… Continue Reading

Court says San Francisco’s soda pop warnings unconstitutional

Sweetened beverage advertisers in San Francisco won’t be forced to add an obesity warning to their labels and advertisements. A federal appellate court has ruled the warning mandate violates the U.S. Constitution. The City and County of San Francisco enacted the local law two years ago, requiring advertisers of certain sugar-sweetened beverages to include this statement… Continue Reading

Voters in four cities to decide on local soda taxes

Berkeley, CA and Boulder, CO, are among a handful of America’s most liberal cities who’ve both often been accused of never having met a tax they did not like. Berkeley two years ago became the first city in America to impose a regressive tax on sugary soda. On Jan. 1, Philadelphia becomes the second to… Continue Reading

Open Data on Restaurant Inspections a Useful Tool for Consumers and Government

“My husband ate at this restaurant on Friday 10/16/2015 and was admitted to the ICU with a bacterial infection from food poisioning [sic],” Kari F. wrote on the Mariscos San Juan Yelp page on Oct. 19. “It was a very scary experience for all. I hope that others affected are healing and doing ok. My… Continue Reading

Maggots Found in Meat Case at San Francisco Whole Foods Market

Maggots were recently found inside a meat case at a Whole Foods Market in San Francisco, and, while the store reportedly cleaned out the case at least three times, the local health department ordered a more thorough cleaning of all floor sinks and drains. A employee at the Noe Valley store initially said that he… Continue Reading

Bay Area’s Last Major Slaughterhouse Struggles with Recalls, Closures

This article was written by Christopher Peak, a Marin Media Institute Research Fellow for the Point Reyes Light. After nearly a century in business, the Bay Area’s last major slaughterhouse facility has once again closed its doors, for the second time in less than a month. Following a massive recall of about 8.7 million pounds… Continue Reading

San Francisco Restaurant Patrons Warned of Hep A Exposure

Patrons who visited the Comstock Saloon, a San Francisco restaurant and bar, during several days in December may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus, according to local news station KGO-TV. An employee tested positive for the virus after working Dec. 12-15, 2013, and again on Dec. 19. That employee was not a food… Continue Reading

Final Report: 22 Sickened in Bay Area Burma Superstar E. Coli Outbreak

A total of 22 people in San Francisco fell ill in August in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Burma Superstar, a restaurant in the Richmond neighborhood, according to an outbreak report released Monday by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The department first received eight reports of E. coli illness between Aug…. Continue Reading

Burma Superstar E. Coli Outbreak: 12 Sick, 5 Hospitalized in San Francisco

The San Francisco Department of Public Health released an update on Friday to the Burma Superstar E. coli outbreak that occurred around August 16. Health officials now believe 12 people were sickened in connection to the outbreak, with 10 of them having dined at the restaurant. Of those diners, five were hospitalized, but have all… Continue Reading