SUSHI OUTLETS LINKED TO HAWAII’S HEP A OUTBREAK CLEARED TO REOPEN
The Hawaii State Department of Health has given the green light to Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai to reopen after they completed extensive sanitizing, disposed of potentially contaminated food items, and screened their employees for Hepatitis A. The restaurant chain planned to reopen all 10 of its Oahu outlets on Sept. 10 and… Continue Reading

E. COLI STRAIN ASSOCIATED WITH SEATTLE RESTAURANT GOES TRAVELING
The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle & King… Continue Reading

PROTECTING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS GOAL OF NEW FSA GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
New non-binding guidance for reducing the risk to vulnerable groups from contracting listeriosis was released Tuesday for the United Kingdom by the country’s Food Standards Agency. The guidance applies directly to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and it is also being promoted by the independent Food Standards Scotland through its website. The guidance is for health… Continue Reading

FEDS OFFER PRIZES FOR INNOVATIVE WAYS TO FIGHT DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA
Two federal programs are coordinating on $20 million in prizes for all phases of competition for new, innovative, and novel laboratory diagnostic tests to combat the development and spread of drug-resistant bacteria. Announced Sept. 8 by the National Institutes of Health and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the competition —… Continue Reading

 

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