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RIHA Issues Alert On Shellfish Harvesting, And More…

Foodservice News In Brief…

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) sent out a member alert on shellfishing last week. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced an emergency closure for shellfish harvesting in Narragansett Bay, Mt. Hope Bay, Kickemuit River, Sakonnet River and their tributaries. The closure is due to a test that revealed high levels of phytoplankton that is creating algal blooms that are producing toxins that can cause amnesiac shellfish poisoning in humans. According to RIHA, the Rhode Island Department of Health announced all current products that have been harvested are safe to purchase and serve to customers. There have been no toxins discovered in current shellfish meat in the bay, but the state is exercising an abundance of caution. The state will continue monitoring the situation and is conducting tests daily. Once it’s determined the algal bloom has subsided, the waters will once again be open to shell fishing…

The second annual “Something’s Brewing in Worcester” will be held at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Nov. 7 from 7-10 p.m. The event, to benefit No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength, will include tastings from Worcester chefs and craft brews…

Uno’s frozen pizza production workers in Brockton, Massachusetts, ratified their first contract with the assistance of Local 653 (Teamsters). Uno’s workers, who make frozen pizzas for retail sales and schools, recently voted 48-1 to approve a new three-year contract. The deal, which covers 74 workers, increases wages as well as improves working conditions at the plant. It also guarantees employees 40 hours a week while minimizing the use of temporary workers onsite.

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