August 28, 2015

Consumers Warned to Not Eat Seafood From California Counties

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers to not eat certain types of seafood caught in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovies and sardines, and the internal organs of recreationally caught crab contain dangerous levels of domoic acid. Dominic acid is a poison that can affect people. The symptoms usually appear within 30 minutes to 4 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, and dizziness. But in severe cases, victims may have trouble breathing and suffer confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, permanent loss of short-term memory, coma, or death. Cooking the shellfish will not remove … [Read more...]

Breakers Hotel, CA Restaurant Shut Down for Norovirus


The Sky Room at the Long Beach Breakers Hotel closed down for four days in May after a norovirus outbreak, according to the LA Times. The restaurant closed on May 22 through the 25th for cleaning. About 21 people were sickened in an outbreak that occurred between May 1 and May 9, 2015. Symptoms included nausea, watery diarrhea, headache, weakness, chills, abdominal pain, and a low fever. Three of the patients had lab-confirmed norovirus illnesses. The rest are considered "probable" cases. The restaurant followed CDC guidelines to clean, including steam cleaning furniture, the elevator, fabrics, and equipment. The sanitation process was repeated several times. No illnesses have been reported since May 9. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that is spread through person to person … [Read more...]

Claravale Raw Milk May be Associated with Campylobacter Outbreak


The California Department of Public Health warned consumers that consumption of unpasteurized (raw) milk may cause serious illness. Six people in northern California have been diagnosed with campylobacteriosis, a serious infection caused by Campylobacter bacteria. Multiple bottles of raw milk from Claravale Farm have tested positive for Campylobacter and have been recalled. In 2012, raw milk from Claravale farm sickened at least 22 people with Campylobacter. In this latest recall, raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream from Claravale Farm in San Benito county with code dates of "MAR 28 and earlier should be disposed. Retailers should not sell it, and consumers should not drink it. The symptoms of a Campylobacter infection include diarrhea that is often bloody, abdominal cramping and … [Read more...]

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