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Ruth’s salad maker warned for Listeria in production facility

B & H Foods in North Carolina is on notice from the FDA because the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes has been confirmed repeatedly during the past five years at its facilities. “Based on FDA’s analytical results for the environmental sample and inspectional findings documented during the inspection, we have determined that your RTE (ready-to-eat) food products are adulterated within the meaning… Continue Reading

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Sept. 21. His peanut-broker brother, Michael Parnell, got 20 years, and former PCA Quality Assurance Manager Mary… Continue Reading

Vaccines Given After SC Hardee’s Hep A Exposure Near 5,000 Mark

While there are no additional confirmed cases of Hepatitis A associated with the investigation of two Hardee’s restaurants in South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control says it has now provided 4,809 vaccinations at its Hep A vaccine clinics in Spartanburg and Greenville. Vaccinations are being offered to individuals who might have… Continue Reading

SC Health Department Releases Final Update of E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Daycare

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released its final update Friday regarding the recent E. coli outbreak associated with The Learning Vine childcare center in Greenwood County. The outbreak case count remains at 14 cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). A 2-year-old boy who had attended the daycare died May 31 from complications… Continue Reading

Update: 14 Confirmed Cases of E. Coli Linked to South Carolina Daycare

According to a June 17 update from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are 14 confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Greenwood County. DHEC stated that the cases involve individuals at The Learning Vine childcare facility in Greenwood, SC, and their family members. “To date, eleven (11) of… Continue Reading

Update: 11 E. Coli Illnesses Now Linked to South Carolina Daycare Center

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed another three E. coli infections connected to an outbreak at a daycare in Greenwood, SC, bringing the total case count to 11. These three newly revealed illnesses occurred in people who have already recovered from their infections but had not been previously associated with the outbreak… Continue Reading

Update: South Carolina Boy, 2, Dies of E. Coli Complications

Update (June 3): Additional information has come to light regarding this death, and the article has been updated to reflect the new information. A 2-year-old boy from Greenwood, SC, has died from complications related to E. coli infection, according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox. Myles Mayfield reportedly died Sunday night at Greenville Memorial Hospital…. Continue Reading

Raw-Milk Advocates Plan Another Effort in West Virginia Legislature

Both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature switched to Republican control, enough that Delegate Kelli Sobonya (R-Cabell) thinks her colleagues may be more “liberty minded” in 2015. During the 2014 session, Sobonya sponsored two bills to promote raw milk sales in the state, but both measures were killed in committee. When the legislature convenes in… Continue Reading

Nine Salmonella Cases Reported in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating nine cases of Salmonella in Beaufort County. Several of the cases are laboratory-confirmed and one of the illnesses has reportedly been matched to a national cluster. This single case appears to be separate from the other eight. There are no other details currently available… Continue Reading

Hilton Head Restaurant Customers Exposed to Hepatitis A

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants customers and staff of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks in Hilton Head Island who were at the restaurant on Feb. 15, 2014, to contact their primary care provider to receive treatment for possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus. On Friday, DHEC was notified that… Continue Reading