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Publisher’s Platform: Vaccinate foodservice workers now



Editor’s Note: This opinion piece by Bill Marler was first published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 7. In a state dependent on tourism, foodservice workers should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. My bet is Baskins-Robbins, Sushi Shiono, Taco Bell, Costco, Chili’s, Hawaiian Airlines and Tamashiro Market would now agree. According to the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH),… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Officials still stumped by Hep A outbreak

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What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading

Hawaii Hepatitis A cases up to 74; vaccine being redistributed


The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has updated to 74 its confirmed case count in the ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak, which is an increase of 22 new cases since the department’s previous update last week. All of the sickened individuals are Oahu residents, DOH noted, except for two people who live on the islands of Hawaii and Maui but… Continue Reading

Second restaurant worker confirmed in Hep A outbreak

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An employee of a Taco Bell on Oahu has been confirmed as the second foodservice worker included among the 52 victims of a Hepatitis A outbreak that Hawaii’s health officials expect to grow. The Taco Bell restaurant in Waipio at 94-790 Ukee St. where the infected employee works is less than a mile and a… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: CDC



Your faithful scribes here at Food Safety News deal daily with many federal and state food safety agencies. How we are able to interact with these organizations is a big factor in how effective we are in keeping you up to date on food safety. Among these agencies, none is more important than the federal… Continue Reading

Taco Bell Reveals ‘Weird Names’ of Seasoned Beef Ingredients


Taco Bell has revealed the remaining 12 percent of the ingredients in its “seasoned beef” that are not beef. At its website, Taco Bell lists the following as the comprehensive ingredients in its “seasoned beef” mixture: “Beef, Water, Seasoning [Cellulose, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Salt, Oats (Contains Wheat), Maltodextrin (Corn, Potato, Tapioca), Soy Lecithin, Tomato Powder, Sugar,… Continue Reading

Taco Bell to Cancel Kids’ Menu


Mexican-style restaurant chain Taco Bell says it will begin phasing out its children’s menu, and will no longer have one by January. The company announced Monday that it will no longer offer separate options for kids, but will instead incorporate its crunchy taco, soft taco, bean burrito and other kids’ items into its regular menu…. Continue Reading

Lettuce for KFC and Taco Bell in Canada Recalled


FreshPoint in Toronto has officially recalled the California-grown lettuce contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 that it distributed to KFC and Taco Bell restaurants in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. All the recalled lettuce went to the two fast food chains in Canada, and none was sold by… Continue Reading

Yum! Finds Supply Chains Can Foul Up Food Safety Worldwide


Supply chain failures, first in China and now in Canada, might have Yum! Brands CEO David Novak singing that old Frank Sinatra song about “riding high in April, shot down in May.’” Novak, also a motivational speaker and author, was coming off a year that saw a book published not long after being named as… Continue Reading

Canadian E. coli Outbreak Linked to Lettuce Served at KFC, Taco Bell


At least 26 E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in northeastern Canada have now been linked to California-grown lettuce served at KFC and Taco Bell outlets, health officials say. Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia’s deputy chief medical officer, on Friday said health officials believe that is the “common source across three provinces” of the outbreak that sickened… Continue Reading