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Hawaiian sushi restaurant worker among 93 hepatitis A cases

Hawaii’s Department of Health says an outbreak of hepatitis A has grown to 93 cases, including a sushi restaurant employee.

hep.aThe department on Tuesday warned the public they may have been exposed to the disease if they ate any food from Sushi Shiono in the Waikoloa Beach Resort during certain dates between July 5 and 21.

Health officials say there’s a very low likelihood restaurant patrons will become infected. But as a precaution, they recommend unvaccinated people talk to health-care providers about options, including the hepatitis A vaccine.

The department says all of the 93 patients are adults who were exposed on Oahu.

Health officials have yet to identify the source of the outbreak.

Some food service employers have been offering the vaccine to workers.

Delhaize in Luxembourg recalls smoked chicken over Listeria

Delhaize has recalled a batch of smoked chicken after traces of listeria were found in the product.

Delhaize. luxemborg.listeriaThe recall concerns only the Delhaize brand of “emincé de poulet à l’italienne”. It comes after consultation with Belgian food safety authority the AFSCA.

Delhaize has already withdrawn from sale the affected batch, which forms part of batch 6202, best before date 17/08/2016.

The supermarket chain is urging clients who may have purchased the product not to consume it but to return it to a Delhaize store for a refund.

Salmonella outbreak in Iowa County linked to potato salad

This is ole timey foodborne illness.

potato.saladThe Iowa Department of Public Health said they are investigating approximately 20 cases that may be related to this outbreak.

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Department of Public Health are investigating after 20 cases of Salmonella were reported in Iowa County.

Department of Inspections and Appeals spokesman Dave Werning said Tuesday that early indications show that many of the ill individuals ate potato salad from the Big G Food Store in Marengo.

“Big G’s “Zesty Potato Salad” and “Traditional Potato Salad” have been implicated in several cases of foodborne illness reported in Iowa County. Presumptive test results from the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa indicate the presence of salmonella in these products,” the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals said in a news release issued on Monday.

One of the people believed to be infected tells KCRG-TV9 that the salad was widely consumed after a funeral last Thursday. Many of the funeral guests reported becoming ill, the source said.

At least it was cooked: Australian bakery admits selling cockroach in loaf

A Bakers Delight store in Brisbane has indicated that it will plead guilty to selling a loaf of bread with a cockroach in it, and six other breaches of the food laws.

bakers.delight.jul.16Bakers Delight in Toombul shopping centre was charged with selling the loaf of omega 3 wholemeal with chia on March 7 last year.

Brisbane City Council officers laid the charges after customer Judith Davis allegedly found the roach in her loaf which was baked in-store.

Last week, Brisbane Magistrate’s Court was told the ­franchising company Bakers Delight Holdings intended to enter a plea of guilty when the case returned to court on ­October 20.

Health inspector Stephen Thomson alleges in his complaint filed in court that the store had an infestation of cockroaches in March 2015 and the owners “failed to prevent and remove” them.

Fancy food ain’t safe food: Bolton Excellency Centre admits mice infestation and contaminated ingredients failures

While in the land of funny accents, Ian Proctor of the Bolton News reports a manager has admitted failing to deal with a mouse infestation, dirty fixtures and contaminated ingredients in the kitchen at a luxury wedding venue.

Bolton Excellency CentreAt Bolton Magistrates’ Court, Taymure Khan — a director of the Bolton Excellency Centre in Carlton Street, Bolton — pleaded guilty to six offences under food safety and hygiene regulations.

The prosecution was brought by Bolton Council following an environmental health inspection in March, 2015.

Khan, 48, admitted failing to comply with requirements to ensure that food premises were kept clean including shelving, floor coverings, a wall ledge in a large kitchen, floor covering behind a freezer, cupboards in the small kitchen used for crockery and cutlery storage.

The manager also failed to ensure that all articles which came into contact with food were effectively cleaned and disinfected, including wicker baskets used to store food, a Robot Coupe machine, containers used to store spices, a hot cupboard, cutlery and crockery.

And the court was told that Khan failed to stop a mouse infestation and did not alter a gap under a fire door and an open drain in the kitchen which would allow pests to enter.

Another two offences relate to the failure to protect seven sacks of onions, rice, two bags of flour, one bag of caster sugar and Chinese salt, semolina and milk powder from contamination by mice and continuing to offer the ruined ingredients for use.

Khan will return to Bolton Magistrates’ Court on October 10 to be sentenced.

Don’t let the accent influence: British egg industry explains why runny eggs are now safe to eat

I’m a guy sitting on my couch in Brisbane who’s no preacher just provides information. But I can imagine the various ways this video will be used in the next Salmonella-linked-to-eggs outbreak in the UK.

runny.boiled.eggMark Williams, chief executive of the British egg industry council, told Radio 4’s Today programme they are “absolutely delighted” that the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food had made the recommendation to the Food Standard Agency (FSA), which will now consult on the recommendation.

“If it’s got the British lion mark on it’s the safest in the world,” he says.



Salmonella-positive serrano peppers recalled

Warren Produce, Edinburg, Texas, has voluntarily recalled 200 cartons of serrano peppers after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

serrano.pepperThe cartons were from 18 orders, but Warren Produce managing member Jimmy Henderson said none of the product is expected to make it to retail.

Henderson said the company was notified of the issue at 4:30 p.m. July 22 after the Food and Drug Administration sampled a single lot. Warren Produce recalled that lot along with two others from the same grower, although those lots did not test positive for salmonella. The recalled lots are #115181, #115158 and #115186.

By the morning of July 25, Henderson had received confirmation from 15 of the 18 destinations for the peppers that the product was pulled from the supply chain.

Henderson described the recall as “very effective.”

Got a reference for that throwaway in-the-home cause? Salmonella and catered meals in Europe

Salmonella spp. is the causative agent of a foodborne disease called salmonellosis, which is the second most commonly reported gastrointestinal infection in the European Union (EU).

Raw_eggAlthough over the years the annual number of cases of foodborne salmonellosis within the EU has decreased markedly, in 2014, a total of 88,715 confirmed cases were still reported by 28 EU Member States.

The European Food Safety Authority reported that, after the household environment, the most frequent settings for the transmission of infection were catering services. As evidenced by the reviewed literature, which was published over the last 15 years (2000–2014), the most frequently reported causative agents were Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium serovars. These studies on outbreaks indicated the involvement of various facilities, including hospital restaurants, takeaways, ethnic restaurants, hotels, in-flight catering, one fast-food outlet and the restaurant of an amusement park. The most commonly reported sources of infection were eggs and/or egg-containing foods, followed by meat- and vegetable-based preparations.

Epidemiological and microbiological studies allowed common risk factors to be identified, including the occurrence of cross-contamination between heat-treated foods and raw materials or improperly cleaned food-contact surfaces.

Salmonellosis associated with mass catering: a survey of European Union cases over a 15-year period

Epidemiology and Infection; Cambridge University Press 2016; DOI:; 13 pages; Published online: 18 July 2016

Osimani, L. Aquilanti And F. Clementi


Now you tell us: 10 sick with Salmonella, Vancouver restaurant shut for 5 days

John Colebourn of the Vancouver Sun reports the Phoenix Garden Seafood Restaurant at 2425 Nanaimo Street was shut down after about 10 people came down with Salmonella, said Vancouver Coastal Health environmental health officer Olga Bitzikos.

Phoenix-Garden-Chinese-Seafood-Restaurant1None of those who became ill had to be taken to hospital and all have recovered.

 Authorities moved in on July 14 and shut the eatery down until July 18.

All the restaurant’s prepared food products had to be thrown out and the restaurant staff had to sterilize and disinfect the facility.

“At this time we suspect some cross-contamination and poor food handling,” said Bitzikos.

Some who took ill had diarrhea, fevers and were vomiting, she said.

Cats say what? Food recalled for Salmonella, Listeria risks

A voluntary recall went out over the weekend for four different lots of cat food made by a Portland company.

sorenne.cats.aug.15Radagast Pet Food, Inc. recalled Rad Cat Raw Diet products, sold in 8, 16 and 24 ounce tubs, as well as given in 1 ounce sample cups. 

The company recalled the foods due to threats of Salmonella and Listeria contamination. Handling the products and not washing hands afterward could spread the bacteria to humans. 

The FDA third party contracted lab found two lots of Grass-Fed Beef tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, one lot of Free-range Chicken tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and one lot of Free-range Turkey tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling three products produced in these four lots.

All affected lot codes 62384, 62361, 62416, and 62372 and Best By dates are located on the lid of all products packaged in tubs and on the bottom of the sample cups.

The following recalled products were distributed in western Canada and all US States except in Hawaii and Mississippi.

If you have the cat food, you’re being asked to not return them to the store, but rather , throw them away. To get a refund, fill out the claim form at and return the form to the store where you purchased it for a refund.