Food safety

July 23, 2019
After the smoke settled from the 4th of July fireworks, health officials started receiving calls reporting vomiting and diarrhea after boating near a popular gathering spot on Lake Minnetonka. State and Hennepin County public health investigators have interviewed 225 people. 172 of those interviewed reported symptoms.
July 16, 2019
Hennepin County Public Health and Minnesota Department of Health officials are investigating illnesses among Lake Minnetonka boaters who reportedly became sick following Fourth of July celebrations. Officials have responded to over 200 calls from individuals who reported vomiting and diarrhea after spending the holiday on the lake. At least half of these individuals spent time around Big Island and several sought treatment for dehydration.
July 9, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will offer two free workshops later this month to explore mental health issues unique to farm youth and equip attendees with the tools to support rural families impacted by the financial and emotional stresses of farm life.
June 28, 2019
The emergence of new genomic technologies such as CRISPR, which allows targeted gene editing to a level never before possible, and the recent successes of companies such as Impossible and Beyond Meat, which have pushed the boundaries of what is acceptable and possible in the marketplace and to the consumer, indicates food production and consumption could be in the midst of a revolution.
April 16, 2019
On Friday, Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC, issued a voluntary recall of fresh cut melon products in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ongoing investigation of Salmonella Carrau infections. Ninety-three cases have been identified in nine states, including three cases in Minnesota after people ate pre-cut cantaloupe from the same Trader Joe’s store. Twenty-three people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.
April 9, 2019
Since the Missouri legislature banned lab-grown products from using “meat” in their labels, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Wyoming have all followed suit. Montana will likely join if the governor signs the “Real Meat Act.”
March 26, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a report in conjunction with the University of Minnesota demonstrating the economic benefits of removing all lead from drinking water infrastructure. The report states the total cost to remove all lead would be just over $4 billion, but the economic and public health benefits would surpass $8 billion.
March 21, 2019
Since China initially reported its first case of African swine fever (ASF) in August 2018, 28 of the 32 administrative areas in the country have now reported incidences of ASF. Despite the authorities efforts to control the spread of the disease, there has been an average of three new provinces per month reporting outbreaks of ASF.
February 21, 2019
An investigation into a case of drug-resistant human brucellosis that started in November 2018 was traced to Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Pennsylvania. Brucella bacteria is usually killed in the pasteurization process, but the farm marketed raw milk products. The state quarantined sales of products while the investigation was taking place.

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