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Food poisoning victim count nears 160 in jambalaya outbreak

A week after softball fundraisers served up jambalaya in a Louisiana town of about 400, state health officials reported a food poisoning victim count of 158, with 40 hospitalized. One person who ate the jambalaya has died, but it is not yet known whether a foodborne pathogen was the cause of death. Health officials ordered… Continue Reading

2nd pathogen in fundraiser outbreak; jambalaya still suspect

A second pathogen is in play in a northeast Louisiana outbreak thought to be caused by jambalaya served at a softball fundraising event Monday. By Friday afternoon, 125 people were confirmed sick and investigators found some of them are positive for the bacterium Clostridium perfringens. Thursday state health officials said they had confirmed Salmonella in… Continue Reading

FDA launches training module on Sanitary Transportation Rule

As part of the preventive refocus that is the cornerstone of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration has launched an online training tool to help trucking companies meet the requirements of the new Sanitary Transportation Rule. “The Sanitary Transportation Rule requires rail and motor vehicle carriers covered by the rule to provide food… Continue Reading

Don’t let food poisoning eclipse the afterglow after the big event

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted the tips below for people planning to view the solar eclipse tomorrow. The staff of Food Safety News offers a couple more: Don’t get distracted by the activity above and forget to wash your hands before eating and don’t leave the potato salad or other foods out too… Continue Reading

Tech helps shippers, transporters keep it cool, safe, compliant

The third in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

It’s the dead of summer and a truckload of fresh beef is making its way from the Texas Panhandle to a distribution center in Tennessee. Somewhere around mile 670, in western Arkansas, the truck breaks down. A quick assessment by the driver reveals it’s a major breakdown and backup is called. In total, the trailer… Continue Reading

Technology gives transparency to transportation food safety

The second in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

There are mountains of it; fresh, nutritious, beautiful — belonging on the finished plates of high-end restaurants, school lunch trays and dinner tables across America. But instead, it’s dumped into landfills to rot into nothing — enough each year to feed 3 billion people. On top of that overall estimate, the Food and Agriculture Organization… Continue Reading

CDC identifies bacteria that killed 3 who ate church meal

A Thanksgiving Day meal served by a church group in Antioch, CA, that killed three people was evidently contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium perfringens. “Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the U.S. It can be found in the human intestine without hurting us, but eating food containing large amounts of… Continue Reading

Honolulu Restaurant Closed for Food Safety Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Sanitation Branch has issued a red “closed” placard to Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood Market located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. Numerous health inspections revealed chronic temperature violations. The department has issued a penalty fee of $9,000 for the violations that led to the posting… Continue Reading

Temperature Control: A Critical Food Safety Element

A critical element of food safety is maintaining proper temperatures from the field to the fork. In practical terms, this means keeping produce cold enough to inhibit pathogen growth or spoilage from the time it leaves the farm or orchard until it’s in the customer’s possession. It also means cooking certain foods at high enough temperatures for long… Continue Reading