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    Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus Infections Linked to Frozen Organic Strawberries

    May 16, 2023

    Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV), resulting in an inflammation of the liver.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state public health and regulatory officials such as the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are "investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A transmission linked to frozen organic strawberries imported from certain farms located in Baja California, Mexico, by a common supplier" (CDC, 2023).

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    Recap: COSI Big Science Celebration 2023!

    May 11, 2023

    Thank you to everyone who joined, stopped by, and volunteered at Saturday's 5th Annual COSI Big Science Celebration – May 6, 2023! It was truly a blast! This outdoor event had over 100 exhibitor stations with hands-on science hosted by STEM professionals, researchers, and experts from Central Ohio and beyond. This free experience was for attendees of all ages, from infants to seasoned scientists, we appreciated interacting with you all!

    Read more of our debrief here.

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    Creating and Storing an Emergency Water Supply

    May 9, 2023

    The CDC has provided guidelines and considerations for preparing a safe and healthy water supply at home in preparation for outbreaks and emergencies. Ensure your emergency water supply is created safely and stored properly because, during a water-related emergency or outbreak, safe drinking water may not be available. Prepare for an emergency by creating and storing a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs!

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Conference for Food Protection

Protecting the innovation factor in resolving persistent food safety challenges

The 2023 biennial Conference for Food Protection (CFP) is FDA’s opportunity for collaboration with industry, regulatory, academia, consumer, and professional organizations. The resultant synergies drive updates in the Model Food Code. Their next meeting will be held in Houston Texas, April 24-28th.

They will be addressing over 100 issues, divided into three Councils. One of those issues has been submitted by the Center for Foodborne Illness Research Research and Prevention | Handwashing For Life, Issue III: Request for the re-creation of the Hand Hygiene committee.

Jim MannJim Mann

Handwashing For Life Founder and Research Correspondent