SALMONELLA FOUND AT HAWAIIAN SEAWOOD OPERATION

Food Safety News reports that a seaweed growing operation in Hawaii is under orders to stop distributing products after a Salmonella outbreak investigation uncovered the pathogen in packing and processing tanks at the farm. The cease and desist order from the Hawaii Department of Health’s sanitation branch was published two days after the health department announced the outbreak had been linked to seaweed from an Oahu farm. READ MORE

POSSIBLE NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK CLOSES TWO SEATTLE RESTAURANTS

Two restaurants have been shut down in Redmond, Wash., after a gastrointestinal outbreak sickened at least 12 people, reports Food Poisoning Bulletin.  Those patients were from a single party who ate at the vendor locations on Oct. 30. The outbreak was reported to the public health department for Seattle and King County on Nov. 1. There is no laboratory confirmation of the pathogen that caused this outbreak, but officials say they think norovirus is the cause, according to a press release.  The food the patrons ate came from both vendors, but the particular food that caused the illnesses has not been identified, the release said. READ MORE

AND NOW SOME GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE!

A pint of beer a day could help reduce the risk of having a stroke or developing cardiovascular disease,  according to The Guardian. A study of 80,000 Chinese adults by University of Pennsylvania researchers found the natural decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, in the body was slowed by a moderate intake of alcohol. One or two daily servings of alcohol for a man, or up to one for a woman, was associated with a slower HDL decline than either not drinking at all, or drinking too heavily. The scientists said more studies were needed to determine whether the alcohol-HDL association applied to non-Chinese populations. While the trend applied to both beer and spirits, the effect was most visible for drinkers of beer, the study found. READ MORE