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Oct 03, 2002

Oct 03, 2002

FDA cites mung bean sprouts in renewing warning against eating raw sprouts

(CIDRAP News) Ð Citing six illnessoutbreaks over the past 2 1/2 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasupdated its warning about the dangers of eating raw or lightly cooked sproutsto include mung bean sprouts as well as alfalfa sprouts.

Sep 27, 2002

Sep 27, 2002

USDA says ground beef plants must add safety measures targeting E coli

(CIDRAP News) – Citing evidence of increased Escherichia coli O157:H7 on beef carcasses, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that beef slaughter and grinding plants will be required to add safety steps aimed specifically at the pathogen.

Aug 23, 2002

Aug 23, 2002

E coli outbreak linked with visits to dairy farm

Aug 23 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection has been linked with visits to a Pennsylvania dairy and petting farm that allowed public access to animals. Findings of the extensive scientific investigation of the outbreak are reported in the Aug 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article highlights the need to consider zoonotic transmission during searches for the source of such outbreaks.

Aug 05, 2002

Aug 05, 2002

E coli outbreak tied to ConAgra beef recall reaches 34 cases, with 1 death

(CIDRAP News) – The Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked with ground beef from ConAgra Beef in Greeley, Colo., has grown to 34 cases and claimed the life of an elderly woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 02, 2002

Aug 02, 2002

Lettuce blamed in E coli O157:H7 outbreak affecting dozens in Washington state

(CIDRAP News) – At least 32 people suffered Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in a July outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce distributed in the Spokane, Wash., area, according to local and federal health officials.

Jul 31, 2002

Jul 31, 2002

Foodborne disease outbreaks in schools caused 50,000 illnesses in 25 years

(CIDRAP News) – Foodborne disease outbreaks that occurred in schools between 1973 and 1997 made nearly 50,000 students sick and sent 1,514 to hospitals, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jul 23, 2002

Jul 23, 2002

Three more cases reported in E coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ConAgra beef

(CIDRAP News) – Three more cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection have been linked with ground beef recalled by a ConAgra plant in Greeley, Colo., bringing the total to 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.

Jul 19, 2002

Jul 19, 2002

ConAgra recalls 18 million pounds of ground beef because of E coli O157:H7 risk

(CIDRAP News) – ConAgra Foods is voluntarily recalling 18 million pounds of ground beef from a plant in Greeley, Colo., as a result of 16 cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection linked with meat from the plant, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials announced today.

The action, one of the largest ground beef recalls on record, is an expansion of a 354,000-pound voluntary recall that USDA announced Jun 30.

Apr 26, 2002

Apr 26, 2002

USDA says Salmonella in meat and poultry is declining; further control steps planned

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella contamination of raw meat and poultry has dropped substantially since the inspection system known as Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) debuted in 1998, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apr 19, 2002

Apr 19, 2002

Foodborne bacterial disease rates dropped 23% from 1996 to 2001, CDC says

The incidence of seven commmon foodborne bacterial diseases dropped 23% between 1996 and 2001, at least in part because of new meat-processing safety rules and other federal food safety efforts in the last few years, according to the CDC.

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