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Nearly 550 customers of two restaurants sick... The number of people sick in a Tacoma, WA-area norovirus outbreak hit 542 this week, increasing by almost 40 percent since Jan. 11. Norovirus has been confirmed by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department officials as the pathogen responsible for the outbreak. Of the 542 reported victims, 520 ate at an El Toro restaurant in Tacoma. Another... Continue Reading

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Jimmy Johns pulls sprouts from menu at all... Jimmy Johns Friday did something it has done in the past after one or more of its sandwich franchises was linked to an outbreak of foodborne illnesses: It ordered sprouts temporarily off the menu at all of its locations. In a statement, Jimmy Johns management said the temporary sprout ban is a “precautionary measure” while... Continue Reading

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Suspected norovirus illnesses temporarily close... A Seattle restaurant is temporarily closed because of illnesses reported by customers. The Pho Aroma restaurant will not reopen until public health officials give their OK. The local health department, Public Health Seattle & King County, reported Thursday that is is investigating at least five cases of suspected norovirus linked to the restaurant; three customers... Continue Reading

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Briefly: Pufferfish poison — Sail or fail —... Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Emergency alert about ‘fugu’ aka pufferfish Gamagori City in Japan issued an emergency alert Monday after two people ate  portions... Continue Reading

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Sick restaurant worker prompts hepatitis A... A foodservice worker in Hawaii may have exposed customers of a Honolulu restaurant to the hepatitis A virus during a five-week period ending Jan. 6. Health officials say the case is likely not related to a multi-state outbreak that has sickened 1,500 and killed almost 50. Most of the customers of the Wah Kung Restaurant are... Continue Reading

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USDA proposes changes to ‘National List’... The National Organic Program that stands behind those USDA Organic seals on processed and fresh foods in the grocery store comes with a lot of fine print. Most consumers don’t know much about it, but for the $50 billion organic marketplace, it’s all about the details. And the latest changes in those details, known as the... Continue Reading

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Criminal investigation broadens in French baby... French authorities are searching five sites run by dairy giant Lactalis in an investigation into the botched mass recall of baby milk products amidst a salmonella outbreak. The Paris prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press on Wednesday the sites being searched include the company’s  headquarters in western France and the factory in Craon, where salmonella bacteria... Continue Reading

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South Africa hit by deadliest listeriosis... The deadly and record-setting listeriosis outbreak in South Africa isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Food is the suspected cause, but health officials have not yet identified a specific source. Since the new year began, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed six more listeriosis deaths in the outbreak, bringing the... Continue Reading

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Consumer complaint spurs tests; dog food... JustFoodForDogs LLC has recalled three frozen dog food flavors after laboratory tests confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of one of its products. Test results suggest “human-grade” green beans are the contaminated ingredient. The company, headquartered in Los Alamitos, CA, posted the recall notice on its Facebook page, reporting it had notified... Continue Reading

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CDC says contaminated coconut could still be in... There is an ongoing public health threat from frozen, shredded coconut linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in the United States and Canada. In the U.S., 25 people from nine states have been confirmed with infections from two outbreak strains of Salmonella. In Canada, one person has salmonellosis from a strain matching... Continue Reading

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Briefly: Raw truth for pets — Fair food —... Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Raw pet foods dangers for animals, owners Pet owners who opt for raw meat based diets, or RMBDs as... Continue Reading

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Canada earns ‘Bovine TB Free’ status again... For the first time since a single animal was found infected in 2016 on a ranch in south Alberta with bovine TB, Canada’s “TB Free” country status is no longer in doubt or at risk. Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic animal disease. The World Organization for Animal Health requires reporting of bovine TB under the... Continue Reading

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New DNA technique suggests Salmonella took out... Research, published Monday in the journal Nature, reports DNA analysis has unmasked Salmonella enterica bacteria as the cause of a 16th century epidemic that affected large parts of Mexico and wiped out an estimated 800,000 people in the Aztec Empire. The study, by Germany’s Max Plankc Institute for the Science of Human History, discovered the introduction of Salmonella in the Americas; which is believed to have been brought to the continent by Europeans. The identification of S. enterica bacteria, which causes typhoid, supports the theory that typhoid fever was... Continue Reading

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OMB approves HIMP swine slaughter rule;... Changes to how pork slaughter plants could be regulated are going forward after a mere 21 years in the making. President Donald Trump’s Administration has approved a final rule that had its origin during President Bill Clinton’s Administration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) isn’t known for rapid change, but... Continue Reading

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French dairy expands baby milk recall to... Fallout from a Salmonella outbreak traced to baby milk products from Lactalis is raining down on the French dairy company and retailers that continued selling the contaminated recalled products. Friday Lactalis officials expanded the recall to include 83 countries and more than 12 million boxes of infant milk products. It is the second expansion since... Continue Reading

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