PUBLISHER’S PLATFORM: OFFICIALS STILL STUMPED BY HEP A OUTBREAK
What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading

LIBERALS, CONSERVATIVES AGREE ON THREAT OF FOODBORNE PATHOGENS
As Americans prepare for the second week of pre-empted prime time programming tonight with the beginning of the Democratic National Convention today in Philadelphia, there’s one thing that liberals and conservatives agree about — food safety. “Foodborne illness from bacteria ranked first among both liberals and conservatives (with) 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively,” ranking… Continue Reading

FDA WARNING LETTERS: COCKROACHES, SEAFOOD HACCP PROBLEMS
The most recently posted warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to a seafood importer in Miami and a food manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico. The letters were sent in February and June but just recently made public. FDA’s Florida District Office told Pescatlantic Inc. in a June 14 warning letter that a… Continue Reading

ALASKA PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATES SALMONELLA CLUSTER IN BETHEL
A team from Alaska’s Division of Public Health traveled to the town of Bethel last week to investigate a cluster of Salmonella illnesses reported there. Louisa Castrodale, a state epidemiologist, told KYUK Public Media the cluster of sick people confirmed with Salmonella infections amount to an unexplained situation that raises public health concerns. “It’s not… Continue Reading

HUGO’S TOWN WELL WAS BREACHED, BUT THERE’S NO THC IN THE H2O
More extensive testing during the weekend proved the town water in Hugo, CO, does not contain any THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, as was reported by public officials last week. A shed covering a town wellhead was broken into, but the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department has not been able to determine when the break-in occurred… Continue Reading

 

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