September 25, 2016

Hawaiian Airlines, Chili’s Latest Links to Hepatitis A Outbreak on Oahu

Employees of Hawaiian Airlines and Chili's are among the 93 people sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu. Also included are employees from Baskin Robbins, Sushi Shiono, Taco Bell, and Costco. This does not indicate that these establishments are the source of the outbreak, and at this time no other illnesses have been attributed to these locations, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. However, anyone who consumed food or drink at these locations during the identified dates (click preceding link) should contact their doctor for preventative care. A vaccination can prevent the onset of illness if administered within the first two weeks after exposure. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period and sometimes people who are infected show no symptoms. This can make tracking the … [Read more...]

Oahu Hepatitis A Outbreak Expands, 74 Now Sick

A Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu has expanded to include 74 people, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. Twenty six people have been hospitalized. Onset of illness dates range from June 12 to July 14. All but two of those sickened, who live on the islands of Hawaii and Maui, live on Oahu. But all were on Oahu when thy were exposed to the virus. Two food workers are among those sickened. One of them worked at Baskin-Robbins in Waikele Center on June 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 30, and July 1 and 3, 2016;the other at Taco Bell  Waipio,  94-790 Ukee Street, on June 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 11, 2016. Health officials are interviewing those sickened to determined where they were exposed. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period, which poses … [Read more...]

Taco Bell, KFC E. coli Outbreak In Canada Over

An E.coli outbreak linked to shredded lettuce served at Taco Bell and KFC restaurants in Canada appears to be over, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The outbreak included 30 people from Ontario and the eastern provinces of Canada known as the Maritimes. In New Brunswick, 7 people were sickened,  in Nova Scotia 10 and in Ontario 13. The last reported case was January 9. The tainted lettuce, which included hearts of romaine, romaine/iceberg mixes, shredded and chopped iceberg and shredded and chopped romaine was distributed by FreshPoint Inc. to restaurants in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. FreshPoint issued a recall for the lettuce after the problem was discovered. Investigators were able to … [Read more...]

KFC, Taco Bell Lettuce Is Source of E. coli Outbreak In Canada

The source of an E.coli outbreak that has sickened at least 16 people in Canada was lettuce served at Taco Bell and KFC restaurants, health officials in New Brunswick have discovered.  The outbreak affected three provinces: New Brunswick, where six people became ill and Nova Scotia and Ontario which each had five cases. “Based on the information we have collected and shared with other provinces, we believe that lettuce has been a common food source among cases,” said Dr. Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health. “Since lettuce has a limited shelf life, it is highly unlikely that some from the affected lots remain in restaurants.” Investigators from three provinces and the Canadian federal government are working together on the investigation. In a statement … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012: #4

A Salmonella outbreak associated with eating food at certain Taco Bell restaurants was the fourth largest  multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, based on the total number of people sickened. The 10-state outbreak that sickened 68 people was first multi-state outbreak reported in 2012 and arguably the most strangely handled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the outbreak and pronounced it over in one fell swoop by publishing its first, last and only “final report” in January.  Throughout the report the CDC refers to the restaurant associated with the outbreak as a “Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain, Restaurant Chain A.” The report also said: “At this time, there is no specific advice to consumers” and “Consumers are not warned to avoid any … [Read more...]

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