MONTANA WRAPS UP E. COLI INVESTIGATION; SOURCE STILL UNKNOWN
Montana state and county health officials are wrapping up their investigation into a recent E. coli O157 outbreak, and while the problem was reportedly narrowed down to a specific meal, the exact food ingredient which caused the illnesses remains elusive. The final outbreak totals were 38 people sickened with six hospitalized, according to Jennifer Fladager of the Dawson… Continue Reading

HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK TOPS 200; STATE SEEKS HELP FROM PUBLIC
The number of Hepatitis A outbreak victims in Hawaii has topped 200 and health officials expect that number to continue to increase. As of Wednesday’s weekly update, 206 people have been confirmed in the outbreak, with 51 having had symptoms so severe that they had to be hospitalized, according to the Hawaii Department of Health…. Continue Reading

USDA TELLS STAFF TO DEFEND AGAINST MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES
The nation’s meat inspectors – or at least those “who conduct regulatory verification activities outdoors” – are being told how to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection program personnel (IPP) got instructions Wednesday on how to protect themselves from mosquito bites in an official FSIS Notice. “There are… Continue Reading

NEW ZEALAND’S PARLIAMENT ADVANCES FOOD SAFETY REFORM BILL
Three years after a major botulism scare involving whey protein concentrate used in infant formula and other food products, New Zealand’s parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of the Food Safety Law Reform Bill. New Zealand Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew said in a statement issued Wednesday that the legislation was important both for consumer health… Continue Reading

GOVERNMENT GETS EXTRA TIME TO RESPOND ON DECOSTERS’ REHEARING
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wants the government to have sufficient time to respond before it decides whether to grant a rehearing on the jail sentences for 82-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his 53-year-old son Peter DeCoster, the egg men implicated in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in 2010. Once the U.S. Department of Justice’s… Continue Reading

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