Over the last thirty-plus years of practice, I have been a vocal advocate for robust public health involvement in disease prevention—especially foodborne illness. It is beyond me to comprehend why public health would remain mute in the face of at least 165 sick, 20 hospitalized, and 40 percent of the

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: California Department of Health failed in its Mission

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I am lucky to have an epidemiologist on staff. Perhaps Fresh Start needs one too.

Let me make a prediction, Fresh Start will eat its press release because the FDA will find more cucumbers that test positive for either Salmonella Africana, Salmonella Braenderup or Salmonella Bareilly in

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Fresh Start Produce – I would not claim that your cucumbers are not the cause of the Salmonella outbreak

What is the Salmonella Bacteria?

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections in the United States – salmonellosis. The term Salmonella refers to a group or family of bacteria that variously cause illness in humans.Salmonella serotype typhimurium and Salmonella serotype enteritidis are

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: What you need to know about Salmonella

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Since the outbreaks were first identified in 2016, 37 states have publicly reported the following as of January 12, 2024:

  • Cases: 44,947
  • Hospitalizations: 27,469 (61%)
  • Deaths: 424

Hardly a week goes by that there is not yet another announcement of a hepatitis A positive employee putting co-workers

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Hepatitis A outbreaks have sickened tens of thousands and killed 424; all preventable by a vaccine

The CDC has been reporting on an ongoing person to person outbreak of Hepatitis A for years. Since the outbreaks were first identified in 2016, 37 states have publicly reported the following as of October 6, 2023:

            •           Cases: 44,915

            •           Hospitalizations: 27,445 (61%)

            •           Deaths: 423

Now, the CDC has just reported

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: It is past time to vaccinate food service workers against Hep A

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When you are sitting comfortable at home feeding your kids or going out to dinner, remember that there are a lot of people that have your back. I will be profiling them over the coming days as ‘Poisoned’ begins streaming on Netflix. Darin Detwiler has always been

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: A few heroes of ‘Poisoned’ – Darin Detwiler

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When you are sitting comfortable at home feeding your kids or going out to dinner, remember that there are a lot of people that have your back. I will be profiling them over the coming days as Poisoned begins streaming on Netflix. One of my favorite parts

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Rosa DeLauro is just one of the heroes of ‘Poisoned’

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I must admit, in 30 years of doing food safety, I seldom recall a health department withholding from the public the source of an outbreak – even Norovirus.

I am reminded by a story some 10 years ago – After Food Safety News broke the story that

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Health officials should report what restaurant is linked to outbreak

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The Abbott infant formula recall could have been prevented. The FDA had reports of safety failures months before the contaminated formula sickened babies and caused two deaths.

I sent these T-shirts to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, which is tasked to make recommendations as to

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: For babies’ sake, make Cronobacter sakazakii reportable