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The raw deal: Why under-cooked oysters make you sick

The raw deal: Why under-cooked oysters make you sick

Vibrio species are bacteria that occur naturally in marine waters, where oysters live and are harvested. Eating undercooked or raw shellfish, especially raw oysters in warm-weather months, is the main risk for acquiring vibriosis from infection with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Every day, people use the internet to seek and share health information. This opens up exciting new ways for scientists to study the health of a population, an approach known as digital epidemiology.

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Food poisoning’ outbreak linked to raw oysters

‘Food poisoning’ outbreak linked to raw oysters

Love oysters? Pay attention to this warning Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health officials are tracking multiple reports of norovirus-like illness (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) after eating raw oysters. Since January, Public Health – Seattle & King County has received multiple reports involving as many as 39 people whose illnesses […]

March 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Second King County E. coli case linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter

Second King County E. coli case linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter

By Carley Thompson Public Health – Seattle & King County A second child in King County was hospitalized for E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 linked to eating I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter. The child is now recovering and has been discharged from the hospital. On March 10, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company expanded its recall of SoyNut Butter products to include […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
E coli outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut butter

E coli outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut butter

Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter Fr0m the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice to Consumers Consumers should not eat any variety or size of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter.  Even if some of the SoyNut […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

By Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County We recently launched our first-of-its kind food safety rating system, and we look forward to rolling it out over the course of the next year. One unique component of our approach to providing residents with easy-to-use signage is our adoption of a rating “curve,” or adjustment of […]

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
New look for food safety ratings in restaurant windows

New look for food safety ratings in restaurant windows

By Carley Thompson Public Health – Seattle & King County Starting today, January 17th, restaurants will begin receiving their new food safety rating and window sign as they are routinely inspected. You may not see window signs in your neighborhood restaurant right away since restaurants will be rolled into the new system in four phases throughout 2017. Restaurants […]

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Salmonella outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad

Salmonella outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella that may be associated with a chicken salad product sold from Costco’s Alderwood store in (Costco Store #1190), in Lynwood, Wash. The chicken salad — “Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad” — was produced […]

October 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting

Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting

Paralytic shellfish poison found at unsafe levels Summary: Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor and as a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed the Harbor to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish. […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suspected Norovirus outbreak hits Everett childcare center

Suspected Norovirus outbreak hits Everett childcare center

Norovirus-like Illness in a Local Childcare Multiple children and staff sickened From the Snohomish Health District The Snohomish Health District was notified on Wednesday regarding multiple children and staff sickened with a norovirus-like illness. The Starbright Early Learning Center in Everett has had numerous children and staff out with vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms closely […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More