Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Salmonella Sushi

Via Universal Hub: Wicked Local Brookline reports on salmonella and vermin at Fugakyu:

Inspectors visited Fugakyu in late August after the Boston Department of Public Health told the town that one of the restaurant’s employees had contracted salmonella poisoning.
The restaurant, at 1280 Beacon St., reportedly had not told Brookline officials about the potential health danger. It was not clear from reports how Boston found out. [...]
Reports stated food handlers were also seen washing their hands with no soap for only five seconds. The worker with salmonella was allegedly handling food at the time of the visit, according to reports.

Let's hope Dice-K keeps away from his eponymous roll until the World Series is over.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Adenovirus on the Rise

Via ProMED-mail: Reuters reports on a rise in the prevalence and severity of adenovirus infection (one of several causes of the common cold).

Gray's team used the test on 2,200 samples from 22 U.S. medical facilities, including eight military sites. Military personnel are especially susceptible to outbreaks of all kinds of disease, including adenoviruses.
Adenovirus 21 was found in 1 percent of specimens in 2004, but in 2.4 percent in 2006. And it was making people much sicker than the other strains, killing 50 percent of bone marrow transplant patients, for instance.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Salmonella in Strange Places

Via an unnamed source: CBS reports on a recall of white chocolate.

Kraft Foods announced Thursday it is recalling white chocolate distributed in the United States because of possible salmonella contamination.
Kraft said consumers who purchased its six-ounce, Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares should immediately discard the product. The recalled product was distributed nationally and have the UPC Code 0043000252200 and best when used by dates of March 31, April 1, April 2 and April 3, 2008.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected the presence of salmonella in some packages of the white chocolate baking squares during tests, according to Kraft.