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Dec 29, 2006

Dec 29, 2006

Feds detail progress on pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent update on pandemic influenza preparedness planning, the US government reported meeting more than 90% of a long list of objectives it set for itself about 6 months ago.

The report charts progress on a wide range of preparedness measures, from shoring up laboratory capabilities to planning for distribution of critical medical supplies and preparing checklists for various sectors of the economy.

Dec 13, 2006

Dec 13, 2006

Lettuce suspected in Taco Bell E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A case-control investigation points to lettuce as the likeliest source of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants, federal officials said today.

Dec 12, 2006

Dec 12, 2006

Cause of E coli outbreak still elusive as cases mount

(CIDRAP News) – The cause of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants remained elusive today as the number of cases increased to 67 in 5 states, according to federal officials.

Dec 08, 2006

Dec 08, 2006

Taco Bell E coli outbreak grows; source still unclear

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people affected by an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants has climbed to 62 in 6 states, and it's too early to blame the outbreak on green onions, federal officials said today.

Dec 01, 2006

Dec 01, 2006

Second Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes

Editor's note: The Salmonella serotype involved in this outbreak was incorrectly listed as Norfolk in this story when first published.

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials are investigating a second Salmonella outbreak linked to restaurant tomatoes that occurred over the summer and early fall, sickening 106 people in 19 states.

Nov 28, 2006

Nov 28, 2006

Certified managers may reduce restaurant food hazards

(CIDRAP News) – Restaurants that have a certified kitchen manager (CKM) seem to have a lower risk of serving food that triggers infectious illnesses, according to a study comparing restaurants that were involved in disease outbreaks with those that were not.

Nov 03, 2006

Nov 03, 2006

Tomatoes confirmed as source of Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials said today they have zeroed in on restaurant tomatoes as the cause of a recent nationwide Salmonella outbreak.

Nov 01, 2006

Nov 01, 2006

Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators have turned up few solid leads in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 171 people in 19 states, but some food safety experts are suggesting that contaminated tomatoes and infected food service workers might have played a role.

Oct 10, 2006

Oct 10, 2006

Carrot juice cited in 2 botulism cases in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Two botulism cases in Toronto have been linked to carrot juice from a California company, raising the number of people sickened by the juice to six, according to Canadian news reports.

Oct 05, 2006

Oct 05, 2006

E coli cases reach 192; feds search produce plants

(CIDRAP News) – A nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach has increased to 192 cases and triggered what was described as a federal raid on two produce processing plants.

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