PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISON CLOSES HARBOR TO SHELLFISH HARVEST
Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon-Maury Island in the Puget Sound is closed to recreational shellfish harvesting until further notice because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP). The Washington Department of Health posted the closure today for recreational harvesting, noting that the harbor remains open to commercial harvest. The closure includes all species of shellfish… Continue Reading

FLORIDA STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
Florida health officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak potentially linked to a family-owned Mexican restaurant in Fernandina Beach. There were local news reports Wednesday of five confirmed and three probable illnesses connected with the outbreak, although a state health department spokesman would not provide any specifics on Wednesday beyond a single quote. “We can confirm that that the department… Continue Reading

BIMBO BAKERIES RECALLS BROWNIES, MUFFINS IN 34 STATES
The American arm of the Mexican multinational bakery company Grupo Bimbo is recalling Entenmann’s brand brownies and muffins because of a “choking and/or cutting hazard” that has injured at least one person. The recall by Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc. of Horsham, PA, includes Entenmann’s brand Little Bites Fudge Brownies, Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins and… Continue Reading

CDC TAKES LEAD IN HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK LIKED TO SMOOTHIES
Another state and 18 more people are now included in a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen, imported strawberries served in smoothies, bringing the totals to six states and 69 victims. Virginia remains the hardest hit, with 55 residents confirmed with Hepatitis A infections as of noon Wednesday, according to the state health department. The… Continue Reading

CHILE’S FOOD EXPORTERS ARE GETTING SCHOOLED TODAY ON FSMA
TALCA, CHILE — The divided highway south of Santiago, Chile, quickly gives up what much of this country is about as the fields change from grapes to nuts. Chile’s renewable food industry is an exporting phenomenon for this country of almost 18 million. It has grown up quickly and now equals the country’s historic extractable… Continue Reading

HAWAII HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK GROWS TO ALMOST 250 PEOPLE
Additional victims of a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported, frozen scallops served raw in Hawaii continue to be identified, with state officials reporting 241 people now confirmed with infections. In the past week, 13 more people have been confirmed, according to the Hawaii Department of Health’s weekly update posted on Wednesday. Slightly more than… Continue Reading

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