December 10, 2019

More Salmonella Cases Linked to On the Border Restaurant in Vancouver WA

The outbreak of Salmonella linked to the Mexican restaurant On the Border in Vancouver Washington has grown. Now at least 21 cases are confirmed, and 55 cases are suspected according to the Clark County Public Health Department. The restaurant is closed pending the investigation and the outcome of lab reports. The people who are sick reported eating at the restaurant between September 20 and October 9, 2012. Since food that was served during that time period has been discarded, it has been difficult to find the source of the bacteria. Attorney Ryan Osterholm¬†said, "If you ate at that restaurant and are ill or have been ill, see your doctor immediately. Long term complications from a Salmonella infection can be severe." Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer said in a … [Read more...]

Chicago Public Health Inspector Who Took Bribes Heads To Prison

A retired Chicago public health inspector who took almost $100,000 in bribes was sentenced to two and half years in federal prison last week. Maryanne Koll who taught food service sanitation classes and administered state certifications is alleged to have accepted at least $96,930 in bribes in exchange for fraudulently arranging to provide 531 people with certifications as food sanitations managers. Koll, 69, who operated Kollmar Food Safety Institute from her home in Burr Ridge, Ill., was convicted of one count of bribery conspiracy in federal court in September 2011. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber sentenced her to 30 months in prison and ordered her to begin serving the sentence on Dec. 31, 2012. llinois state law requires that all food service establishments have someone on … [Read more...]

Ottawa Proposes Mandatory Training for Employees at Cited Restaurants

The City of Ottawa, Canada may require food safety training for employees if restaurants and businesses violate food safety regulations. ¬†A proposal on this matter will be submitted next week to the Ottawa City Council. At this time, training is voluntary and the city offers certification programs to food service workers. Food facilities with more than four "critical" violations in one year would be required to participate in training. Critical violations include the presence of insect or rodent infestation, not following personal hygiene rules, improperly cooking food, storing food incorrectly, or improperly maintaining premises and equipment. Currently, the city posts restaurant inspection scores that the public can access. Inspectors visit food facilities and establishments on a … [Read more...]

Just Before Summer Olympics, London Restaurants Post Inspection Scores

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, restaurants in London are posting their inspection scores. The Food Standards Agency rates the facilities on a scale of 1 to 5 in their Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Authorities think that these ratings will help consumers choose where to eat out and encourage businesses to improve their food safety standards. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme covers England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Scotland has a different program called the Food Hygiene Information Scheme, run by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. Some local programs are also operating; you can see them by visiting the Food Standards Agency website. The ratings are also posted at the Food Standards Agency website. A rating of "0" means the facility needs urgent … [Read more...]

South Dakota Posts Food Facility Scores Online

The South Dakota Department of Health and Office of Health Protection Issues is posting the scores of food facilities, including food service, lodging, and campground establishments, online. That state is joinging Kansas and New York City in this endeavor. There are 5,900 establishments that sell food to people in that state. The new website gives consumers access to these scores. The government stresses that "it is important to remember that the score is one snapshot of an establishment's operation and any violations observed on the day of inspection. For a more complete and accurate representation, consumers should review a facility's scores over time and consider whether violations are critical or non-critical." The consumer website includes scores from the four most recent … [Read more...]

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