Personal Injury

More than one in every 15 food businesses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have a hygiene rating of two of lower, according to a report on data from across the United Kingdom. High Speed Training investigated how regions, towns and cities compared. The Yorkshire based e-learning provider looked at the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) and extracted Food Standards Agency (FSA) data for a quarter of a million businesses to provide an overall picture. FHRS…
An Introduction to Listeria Listeria (pronounced liss-STEER-ē-uh) is a gram-positive rod-shaped bacterium that can grow under either anaerobic (without oxygen) or aerobic (with oxygen) conditions. [4, 18] Of the six species of Listeria, only L. monocytogenes (pronounced maw-NO-site-aw-JUH-neez) causes disease in humans. [18] These bacteria multiply best at 86-98.6 degrees F (30-37 degrees C), but also multiply better than all other bacteria at refrigerator temperatures, something that allows temperature to be used as a means of…
Contributed Seeing your first robin may be the sign of warm things to come, but once Easter and Passover have arrived, you know that Spring is here! Interestingly, both Easter and Passover include the wondrous egg, as a springtime symbol of new life, in their festivities. We all know the Bunny brings Easter eggs, but what many folks don’t know, is that Passover Seders (ceremonial meals) typically include a hard-boiled egg course. Additionally, many recipes…
A global food safety network investigated 21 incidents between January and March this year. Most events the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) dealt with in the first quarter of 2019 involved a biological hazard. Five were because of Salmonella, three each because of Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli, and one each involving Clostridium botulinum and Ciguatera toxin. INFOSAN, which is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World…
Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd. is recalling GPM brand Pea Shoots from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below, according to a notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Golden Pearl Mushrooms distributed the raw pea shoots to retailers in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The recall was triggered by CFIA test results. The agency is conducting a food safety investigation, which…
Belmont Meat Products is recalling Kirkland Signature brand Harvest Burger, “Veggie Burgers” because they may contain pieces of metal, according to a recall notice posted Thursday on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. Kirkland Signature is Costco’s trademarked house brand. The Canadian company distributed the Kirkland Signature brand Harvest Burger products to British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and “possibly national” retail locations. The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace. Consumers can use…
In the closing days of Maryland’s legislative session, lawmakers are seriously considering a proposal that would move tens of thousands of pending asbestos cancer lawsuits from state courts and put them into arbitration to clear the backlog. The move is supported by one of the more well-known asbestos cancer lawyers in the state, who has an estimated two-thirds of all such cases currently in litigation in one single court, as well as the Maryland state…
On December 11, 2017, the King County Public Health Department (“DOH”) announced that they were investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis associated with the Miller’s Guild restaurant in Seattle, Washington. Six persons from four separate meal parties became ill after eating at the restaurant on different dates from August 15, 2017, to November 3, 2017. One of the ill persons was hospitalized and has since recovered. Laboratory testing and genetic identification has indicated that three of…
CDC collaborated with public health and regulatory officials in several states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections. Public health investigators used the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that were part of this outbreak. DNA fingerprinting was performed on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people by using PFGE and WGS. A total of 265 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella…
The New Jersey Senate and Assembly have approved a bill lifting the civil statute of limitations on certain sexual offenses. The bill now heads to Governor Murphy’s office to sign so it can become law. Specifically, the legislation would allow child victims to sue up until they turn 55 or within seven years of their first realization that the abuse caused harm. Currently, the law currently limits this range to two years. In addition, the…