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More support for crowdsourced reporting as a community service, as Food Safety News reports on the recent outbreak linked to a Jimmy John’s in Weston, Wisconsin. Norovirus has been confirmed as the culprit in the health department’s investigation.
IWasPoisoned.com collected data on 19 total illnesses relating to the outbreak.
"Iwaspoisoned.com, the crowdsourcing site for safer dining, was correct in finding norovirus was making people sick after they ate at the Weston Jimmy John’s near Wausau, WI. The Marathon County Health Department reports a norovirus outbreak was responsible for making about 100 people [ill] since April 7…The Wisconsin outbreak was identified by iwaspoisoned.com, a crowdsourcing site that is now delivering surveillance into public health in 46 states in the United States.”
Read the full article here.
Food Safety News commented on the usefulness of the IWasPoisoned platform after a Jimmy John’s franchise in Weston, Wisconsin came under investigation by the Marathon County Health Department. IWasPoisoned noted an increase in reports connected to the franchise in what was most likely a norovirus outbreak. Eight reports totalling 19 total illnesses were recorded on IWasPoisoned.com. The investigation into the cause of the outbreak is ongoing.
Read more here.
Ohio Health Inspectors Caught Falsifying Reports--WKYC News
Two chief health inspectors in Ohio’s Geauga County have been charged with tampering records and theft in office. The two men failed to inspect the county’s 415 food service businesses and falsified inspections that never happened.
This means that the county’s 415 food service establishments have gone essentially unregulated for an undisclosed amount of time.
“‘We don't have the time or resources to check that every inspection has been done,’ said Geauga County Health Commissioner Robert Weisdack.”
Read the full report HERE.
We had the opportunity to speak at the Missouri Milk, Food, and Environmental Health Association Annual Conference this week. We want to send a huge thanks to MMFEHA for their hospitality, and for the great work they do. Glad we were able to be a part of it!
CDC, multiple states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli - Epidemiologic evidence indicates that I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter is a likely source
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