The Chicken & Rice Guys has closed its four restaurants and parked its food trucks after a week that ended with 14 of its “halal grub” customers being infected with E. coli O157:H7, and sending ten to Boston area hospitals.

C&RGuys_406x250The temporary shutdown also came with a Facebook Live video apology from Chicken & Rice…

The multistate E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle that began in October has garnered extensive national coverage, but it’s just one of five outbreaks the “fast casual” restaurant chain has had to deal with since July. ChipotleChickWrapMainThe other four outbreaks took place in single states; however, three of them were larger than the multistate outbreak.…

Recent news that nearly half of Boston’s restaurants were cited for serious health code violations last year is not out of the norm but is still alarming. “At least two violations that can cause food-borne illness — the most serious of three levels — were discovered at more than 1,350 restaurants across Boston during 2014,”…

Just a year and half ago, the Obama Administration promised Congress that the child nutrition bill would not mean the end of “approved and infrequent” fund-raising bake sales for school-related causes like booster clubs and PTAs.

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But in implementing the new child nutrition act, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced a total ban on bake sales…

Editor’s Note:  In May 1911, as many as 1,400 people in the Boston area were infected with micro-organisms – most likely staphylococci or streptococci – spread by contaminated raw milk during an outbreak that killed 48. At the time, the illnesses were called septic sore throat or simply tonsillitis. The incident remains one of