A council in England has prosecuted the previous owner of a restaurant for failing to comply with food safety regulations following a food poisoning outbreak in late 2022.   

Surrey Heath Borough Council prosecuted the former operator of Mogul Restaurant in Bagshot. The company was ordered to pay a fine of £25,000 ($31,400), a victim surcharge of £2,000 ($2,500) and the council’s costs of more than £14,000 ($17,600).  

The restaurant was also temporarily shut at the time of the outbreak under emergency prohibition provisions to protect the public whilst necessary improvements were made.  

In total, 18 confirmed cases were part of

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Officials in Australia have issued a health alert after two hepatitis A cases were recently linked to a café.

The Department of Health in the state of Victoria said there was a risk of further locally acquired cases being reported in the coming weeks. No information was provided about the patients or if illness was caused by a contaminated food or food handler.

People who had food from Creatures of Habit café in the city of Springvale in Melbourne were advised to be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis A infection.

The café is located in the Springvale Homemaker Centre.

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State and federal officials are investigating a new outbreak of illnesses linked to an as yet unnamed restaurant.

The Food and Drug Administration has released little information about the outbreak except to say 13 people in one state are sick. All of their illnesses are linked to a single restaurant, according to an outbreak notice from the FDA. 

The ages of the sick people have not been released. The FDA has not reported whether any of the patients has required hospitalization. It also has not reported what symptoms the patients have had or whether any laboratory tests have been conducted.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), in collaboration with the City of Manchester Department of Health, is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Buba Noodle Bar, a Machester, NH, restaurant.

As of May 22, 2022, seven people with Salmonella Enteriditis infections have been identified who also reported eating at Buba Noodle Bar at 36 Lowell Street in Manchester, prior to their illness. 

One patient was hospitalized and there have been no deaths. Several other people with Salmonella infection are currently under investigation.

Buba Noodle Bar voluntarily closed on May
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Oysters from South Africa have been linked to cases of food poisoning in Hong Kong.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) in Hong Kong ordered the suspension of imports of raw oysters produced by Zwembesi Farm Limited in South Africa this past week.

Six food poisoning clusters have been identified after consumption of raw oysters at one restaurant in Mong Kok and another in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is not clear what the infectious agent is or how many people are sick.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) previously reported it was investigating two clusters involving 11 illnesses in people
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Officials in Hong Kong are investigating carbon monoxide poisoning in a restaurant that left 14 people needing hospital treatment.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health reported that the group ate a “hot pot” dinner using charcoal as cooking fuel in one room at a restaurant in Wan Chai. Hot pot is a shared meal that involves a pot of broth in the middle of the table with items such as vegetables and meat put in it to cook.

The six men and eight women developed symptoms including loss of consciousness, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, headache, shortness
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An E. coli O157 outbreak in the United Kingdom that affected 36 people has been linked to a fast food product containing imported cucumbers.

Investigations into the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreak this past year pointed to a certain fast food meal sold at one restaurant chain with contaminated cucumbers from the Netherlands.

Findings provide further evidence that salad items are an important vehicle of STEC outbreaks, said researchers in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

People fell sick from early to mid-August 2020 and investigations into the spike in reported infections began that month.

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An outbreak of Shigella in England in 2018 was likely caused by contaminated coriander, according to researchers.

The national food poisoning outbreak highlights the potential for a multi-drug resistant strain of Shigella sonnei to be transmitted via a food vehicle that is distributed across a wide geographic area, according to the accepted manuscript in the journal Epidemiology and Infection.

It was linked to food at multiple restaurants in different areas that were not part of a franchise. Whole genome sequencing helped the identification of potential links between the restaurants.

Poor hygiene practices during cultivation, distribution or preparation of fresh
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An outbreak of Yersinia in Sweden has ended with iceberg lettuce as the suspected source of infection.

From January until the beginning of February this year, twice as many people fell ill with Yersinia infection as did during the same period in a normal year.

From 53 cases of Yersinia enterocolitica, 33 lived in Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Halland. Isolates from 24 of these cases were typed by whole genome sequencing and 16 outbreak patients with clustered isolates of sequence type 18 could be identified.

Of these 16, eleven were women and five were men aged 7 to 34 years
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Singapore is to introduce a bill on food safety and security later this year to better manage new and emerging risks.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA), formed in 2019, will propose the act to consolidate and strengthen official powers that are currently in several pieces of legislation.

Desmond Tan, minister of state for sustainability and the environment, revealed the plans at the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE)’s Committee of Supply debates earlier this month.

Rules will provide greater clarity on the regulatory framework for novel foods, including mandating a pre-market safety assessment is done before approval for sale
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