Barf on the subway: 7 left with breathing issues

Paramedics took seven people to the hospital when they complained of suddenly feeling lightheaded after a stranger vomited at a Harlem subway station early Tuesday, cops said.

santa-barf_sprout_raw_milk7-2The FDNY and police briefly evacuated the E. 125th St. station on the 4, 5 and 6 line about 9:15 a.m.

A police source said someone threw up and the other people became ill from the smell of the vomit.

The victims, who were on multiple trains, complained of having difficulty breathing. They were taken to Harlem Hospital for evaluation as a precaution, officials said.

Trains bypassed the station until about 9:50 a.m. while the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit conducted air quality tests.

The tests came back negative for toxins, according to the MTA.

Everyone’s got a camera: Subway employee zapping bugs near exposed food edition

I got one of those tennis-racket-shaped zapper things from Amy, but I sorta broke it, being aggressive like one would with a flexible flyswatter.

A Subway restaurant in Franklin, Indiana is receiving a lot of attention online after an employee allegedly “zapped” bugs in the sandwich-making area, and a customer caught the entire incident on video.

belushi-zit_-food_-fight_Justin Clemons posted the video to Facebook on Monday evening. He said he took his children out for dinner to the Subway located at 2120 East King Street after a golf match.

“So I sit down and start eating and my back is faced to (the employees) and I start hearing all the zapping sounds,” Clemons said. “I couldn’t figure out what it was until my 13 year old said, “I’m pretty sure they are zapping the bugs that are above it.’”

Clemons then turned around and witnessed what his son thought was happening, really was.

“The first reaction was I cannot believe this is actually happening,” he said. “My second one is if I don’t record this I don’t think anyone in their right mind will believe this is happening right now.”

So Clemons turned on his phone and started recording the incident.

“I was pretty much in shock and so were the kids,” Clemons said. ““It was directly over the food itself…  Nothing was closed that I could see and he was just immediately taking the racket right over the food and zapping them.”

A Subway spokesman released a cookie-cutter statement Tuesday night:

Food safety is our top priority. All Subway restaurants are individually owned and operated. As soon as the restaurant owner was made aware of the situation, he immediately took action by closing his restaurant and discarding all open products. He has contracted a professional cleaning service to ensure that the restaurant is in top working order.

Subway also commented on the video Clemons posted to Facebook, apologizing for the incident.

“We truly regret you had this experience Justin, and we are looking into this right now,” the company wrote. “Food safety is our top priority, and we are working with the franchisee to address immediately. If you could send us a Private Facebook message with your contact information, we’d like to reach out to you personally, or if you prefer you can link here http://bit.ly/1XrM5lE for our Care Team. Thank you Justin.”

Those subway germs: They’re the harmless kind (mostly)

Nicholas Bakalar of the New York Times reports that with the cooperation of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, researchers at Harvard swabbed seats, walls, poles, hand grips and ticket machines in the Boston transit system, and then did DNA analyses to figure out what kinds of organisms they had collected. The study is online in mSystems.

poleAll the surfaces were contaminated with generally innocuous human skin bacteria, including various strains of propionibacterium, corynebacterium, staphylococcus and streptococcus, among others. Some strains of these bacteria can cause disease under certain circumstances, but all are carried by healthy people and usually cause no problems.

Unsurprisingly, oral germs were found on poles at mouth level, and microbes that infest the skin on hand grips. Outdoor ticket machines had microbes that are prevalent in soil and the air.

“We were specifically checking for bad bugs or the kind of DNA that can make good bugs go bad,” said the lead author of the study, Curtis Huttenhower, an associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “But even though we think of it as dirty, the transit system has only the kind of microbes you run into shaking people’s hands.”

 

Subway sandwich artists need to become sanitarians

Subway is known for its made-to-order sandwiches and salads but one ingredient found in the kitchen by the state would never be ordered on any sandwich… rodent droppings

subway-sandwich-in-handABC Action News I-Team uncovered that last week, Subway at 696 S. Gulfview Blvd. in Clearwater Beach had to temporarily close after the state discovered over 40 rodent droppings underneath the storage rack, on top of boxes, underneath the sink, inside a bin, and near the soda syrup dispensers.

In addition, food safety issues written up in the inspection include potentially hazardous food thawed at room temperature with two tuna packages and two meat packages on the back prep table thawing, Subway’s manager lacking proof of a food manager certification, and employees failing to wash their hands before putting on gloves to work with food and failing to wash prior to heading to the front line to work.

More hand washing concerns include the hand wash sink not accessible for employees to use due to bread baking holders stored in the sink and no paper towels provided.

The state has warned this Clearwater Beach Subway before about high priority violations. In September, the state found no hot water in the facility for employees to wash their hands, no soap, no paper towels and a long list of potentially hazardous cold food held at greater than 41° Fahrenheit.

Inspectors found ham at 48°, lettuce at 47°, tomatoes at 51°, tuna at 44°, chicken at 44°, steak at 48°, pepper-jack cheese at 48°, turkey at 47°, meat trio at 45°, and cheddar cheese at 48°.

Inspectors also issued a stop sale on some of those items due to that temperature abuse.

Subway vows its footlong will be more than a big 10 inch

Subway customers can finally rest assured that their “Footlong” sandwiches will be as long as promised.

subway.footlongA judge last week granted final approval to a settlement of a class-action suit filed against Subway after an Australian teenager posted an image on Facebook of a sandwich that was a mere 11 inches.

The photo of a turkey sub alongside a tape measure shared by Matt Corby, from Perth, on the company’s Facebook page garnered international media attention back in 2013.

The New York Post found that four out of seven Footlongs it purchased in New York “measured only 11 or 11.5 inches.”

A judge in Wisconsin gave preliminary approval in October to a settlement between Subway’s parent company Doctor’s Associates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, with final approval granted on February 25.

As part of the settlement, Subway agreed to institute practices for at least four years to ensure its bread is at least 12 inches long. The judge approved $520,000 in legal fees and $500 for each of the 10 individuals who were representatives of the class, but no monetary claims were awarded to potential members of the class.

“It was difficult to prove monetary damages, because everybody ate the evidence,” said lawyer Thomas Zimmerman, adding that the fees were being split between 10 law firms.

Subway said in a statement that it was pleased the judge found no wrongdoing on its part.

Subway nevertheless agreed as part of the settlement to take steps to ensure its bread is at least 12 inches long, including requiring franchisees to “use a tool for measuring bread.”

Sandwich artists? Florida Subway temporarily shut down after 40+ rodent droppings discovered near food

The ABC Action News I-Team uncovered last week that Subway at 696 S. Gulfview Blvd. in Clearwater Beach had to temporarily close after the state discovered over 40 rodent droppings underneath the storage rack, on top of boxes, underneath the sink, inside a bin, and near the soda syrup dispensers.

subwayOn Dec. 21 the state also issued a stop sale on 28 packages of chips after finding they were not in a ‘wholesome, sound condition.’

In addition, food safety issues written up in the inspection include potentially hazardous food thawed at room temperature with two tuna packages and two meat packages on the back prep table thawing, Subway’s manager lacking proof of a food manager certification, and employees failing to wash their hands before putting on gloves to work with food and failing to wash prior to heading to the front line to work.

More hand washing concerns include the hand wash sink not accessible for employees to use due to bread baking holders stored in the sink and no paper towels provided.

The state has warned this Clearwater Beach Subway before about high priority violations. In September, the state found no hot water in the facility for employees to wash their hands, no soap, no paper towels and a long list of potentially hazardous cold food held at greater than 41° Fahrenheit.

 

Food giants’ low food hygiene ratings in Wales

KFC in Pontypool was given a zero score by the Food Standards Agency, the worst rating meaning urgent action is needed.

KFC in PontypoolCo-operative stores in Pontardawe, Porth, and Birchgrove, Cardiff scored one, along with Subway in Queen Street, Cardiff and Harvester in Cardiff Bay.

Costa in Brecon, Tesco cafe in Maesteg and Asda in Aberdare had a two rating.

That means improvement is necessary.

There are more than 26,000 businesses in Wales which have ratings, of which more than 1,400 had a two rating or below. The highest score is five.

Russel Smith, chief operating officer, KFC UK, said: “I was extremely disappointed by the rating this restaurant received, which is completely unacceptable.

“We took immediate action to return the restaurant to the standards we demand and are awaiting a re-inspection which we are sure will reflect this.”

Thank you Subway sandwich artists: Hep A exposure in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning of a possible Hepatitis A Virus (Hep A) exposure after a Subway employee in Morrilton tested positive for the virus. The Subway is located at 1812 AR-9 Bus, of off I-40 Exit 108, in Morrilton, Arkansas.

hepatitis.AAny individual, who has eaten food from the Morrilton, Ark. Subway between March 25, 2015 and April 5, 2015 and is experiencing symptoms, should contact their primary care provider immediately. Typical symptoms of Hep A include, but are not limited to: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Hep A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. A person can transmit the virus to others up to 2 weeks before and one week after symptoms appear.

Deli meat dates matter: Subway investigating date coding fraud in China

In an industry with expensive and perishable ingredients, extending the storage life of inputs at food service can make the the difference between making money and going out of business. subway-sandwich
Since most are based on quality attributes, and not safety, best-before dates doesn’t usually grab my attention. It does when it comes to deli meats. Food service date coding rules are based on Listeria monocytogenes growth; a 2003 U.S. FDA and FSIS quantitative risk assessment identified deli meat as the highest risk food category for Lm illnesses and deaths.
Reuters reports that Subway, purveyor of lots of deli meat, is investigating Chinese media reports that some of their staff were altering storage date codes to push profits.
U.S. fast-food chain Subway is investigating media reports in China that workers at an outlet in Beijing doctored food labels and used produce beyond its expiry date, a Shanghai-based spokeswoman for the firm said on Monday.
Chinese media reports that started circulating on Friday said workers at a Beijing outlet for Subway, which operates globally as a franchise business, changed expiry and production dates on meat, drink and vegetable produce to extend their use.
“Our headquarters here is now investigating the matter,” a Subway spokeswoman said. She said the firm had not reached any conclusions. “We want to investigate what caused the labeling issue and whether or not it was the action of a single franchised outlet.”
The Subway spokeswoman said the firm sent teams to inspect its franchises around the country each month and that it gave staff training on food safety and handling produce.
The Beijing food regulator had also launched an investigation, she added.