Food News, Week of August 21: Hepatitis A Outbreak Worsens in Hawaii

August 26, 2016
Genki Sushi, site of Hawaii's Hepatitis A Outbreak

Infected scallops were the source of a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii, starting in mid-June. As of this week, there are 228 confirmed cases -- many of them originated at Genki Sushi restaurants -- and it’s suggested that as many as 100,000 people should seek vaccinations to prevent the outbreak from spreading.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, 17 cases of Hepatitis A are linked to contaminated strawberries from Egypt.  

How much do you think about where your meat comes from? According to this study, your beliefs about the welfare of the animal you are eating will impact how you experience the meal, right down to how you describe its taste.

We loved this profile of a small Florida startup called Fresh Start Beverage Co. They are the creators of Banana Milk, which is being called the next big thing in animal milk substitutes. (And they’re currently working on a chocolate version, which just begs to be made into ice cream.)

Looking for an alternative to plastic food packaging clogging up our landfills, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed a wrap made of casein – milk protein. Hopefully these biodegradable, sustainable, and even edible packaging options will be available soon.

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