February 21, 2017

Shrimp Lovers: High Antibiotic Levels and Origin Cause for Concern

Do you know where that shrimp in your freezer or on the plate in your favorite restaurant came from? And do you know what's in it? Research in the last few years has found that antibiotic use in shrimp farming, especially in Asia, could pose a serious threat to public health. A study in 2003 published in the International Journal of Food Science and Technology, titled "Antibiotic use in shrimp farming and implications for environmental impacts and human health" brought up the subject. It stated that antibiotics are used in shrimp farming to prevent or treat disease outbreaks, just as they are used on factory farms, but usage patterns were unknown. That study was conducted along the coast of Thailand, which was the world's largest producer of cultured shrimp until China took that … [Read more...]

FDA, CDC Join Hepatitis A Outbreak Investigation Linked to Sea Scallops

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined the investigation into a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that has sickened 206 people. Along with the Hawaii Department of Health, the agencies have conducted epidemiological, laboratory and traceback investigations that have identified sea scallops supplied by Sea Port Products Corp. as the source of the outbreak. On August 18, 2016, the company issued a recall for three lots of frozen bay scallops, produced on November 23, 2015 and 24, 2015, with lot numbers 5885, 5886, and 5887. The recalled scallops were distributed to restaurants and retailers in California, Hawaii, and Nevada. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is spread from person to person and through … [Read more...]

Hawaii Blocks Sale of Scallops Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Hawaiian health officials have blocked the sale of imported sea scallops linked to an outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people. The Hawaii Department of Health identified raw scallops from Sea Port Bay Scallops (Wild Harvest, Raw Frozen) that originated in the Philippines as the source of an outbreak. The scallops, served at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai and distributed by Koha Oriental Foods and True World Foods, can no longer be sold in the state. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period. Sometimes people who are infected show no symptoms. This has made tracking the origin of the outbreak difficult for health officials. Symptoms of an infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes. These … [Read more...]

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