According to data collected by FERN, as of May 13 at 12pm ET, at least 206 meatpacking and processed food plants and 9 farms have confirmed cases of Covid-19, and at least two meatpacking plants and five processed food plants are currently closed. At least 15,525 workers  (14,136 meatpacking workers, 1,017 food processing workers

According to the Seattle & King County Department of Health, with a number of viral respiratory germs circulating right now, Public Health – Seattle & King County urges King County residents to take precautions if they are ill, but not to assume it is COVID-19.

Public Health is reporting 33 new COVID-19 cases today. The

Here is the most current thinking from the Pacific Northwest:

COVID-19 is similar to the seasonal flu (influenza) in that:

  • Both cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Both can be mild or severe — even fatal in rare cases
  • Both can result in pneumonia
  • Both can be spread from person to

Restaurants, PLEASE vaccinate your employees.

According to New York press reports, the Oneida County Health Department as well as Rome Memorial Hospital are partnering to provide Hepatitis A. vaccinations to those who think they were exposed.

This comes after the health department announced that an employee at Cianfroccos in Rome tested positive for Hepatitis A.

From the FDA:

Although you stated that corrective actions were implemented following the 2019 and 2012 outbreaks, you have not provided FDA with any information demonstrating long-term, sustainable corrections have been implemented throughout your organization to prevent this violation from recurring in the future.  For example, providing FDA with documentation of policies and practices demonstrating

The FDA is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pet’s certain Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food “as it poses a serious threat to consumer and animal health” because of Salmonella Infantis contamination.

The Salmonella was discovered in January when the FDA collected one retail sample of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Turkey

Fresh Herbs Results as of 10/1/2019

The FDA plans to collect 1,600 fresh herbs samples (761 domestic, and 839 of international origin) under this assignment. As of September 30, 2019, the agency had collected and tested 746 domestic samples (98 percent) and 468  import samples (56 percent) of the totals. The following figures summarize the