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Mar 30, 2007

Mar 30, 2007

Study: Drug-resistant plague may signal health threat

March 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Genetic elements that confer multidrug resistance (MDR) in both plague and foodborne bacteria have a common origin and may represent a significant public health threat, according to a study published Mar 20 in the journal PLoS One (Public Library of Science One).

Mar 23, 2007

Mar 23, 2007

FDA releases final report on spinach E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California officials released a final report today on last fall's nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach, tracing the pathogen to a specific farm and identifying a handful of possible contamination sources.

The outbreak, which occurred in early fall, sickened 205 people and caused three deaths.

Mar 14, 2007

Mar 14, 2007

FDA unveils pandemic preparedness plan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a pandemic influenza preparedness plan that defines the agency's current role in federal pandemic planning, such as expediting the review of new vaccines and antivirals, and spells out work it will do in areas such as food safety and targeting counterfeit drugs.

Mar 12, 2007

Mar 12, 2007

FDA issues safety guidance for fresh-cut produce

Editor's note: This story was revised Mar 13 to list the correct title for Nega Beru, PhD, director of the Office of Food Safety in the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Mar 09, 2007

Mar 09, 2007

Nationwide Salmonella outbreak reaches 425 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials tracking a large Salmonella outbreak linked to certain peanut butter brands announced that the number of sickened patients has grown by 55 to a total of 425 cases in 44 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a press release this week.

Mar 07, 2007

Mar 07, 2007

USDA plans risk-based meat inspection system

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recently proposed a timetable to begin implementing a new meat and poultry inspection system designed to reduce foodborne illnesses by focusing more attention on high-risk facilities and those with poor safety records.

Mar 05, 2007

Mar 05, 2007

Norovirus outbreak tied to Texas oysters

(CIDRAP News) – Following 25 cases of norovirus infection in people who ate raw oysters from San Antonio Bay in Texas, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against eating raw oysters taken from the bay after Feb 1.

The patients ate raw oysters at a Maryland event the weekend of Feb 9 to 11, the FDA said in a Mar 2 news release. Patients tested by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene were found to have the virus.

Mar 02, 2007

Mar 02, 2007

Got E coli ? Outbreak showed danger of raw milk

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are using an analysis of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that involved 18 cases in December 2005 to remind people of the dangers of drinking unpasteurized milk.

Mar 01, 2007

Mar 01, 2007

FDA finds Salmonella in ConAgra plant

(CIDRAP News) – Investigators have found Salmonella enterica in samples collected at a Sylvester, Ga., ConAgra plant that made the Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter linked to an illness outbreak involving 370 people in 42 states, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today.

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