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Dec 15, 2009

Dec 15, 2009

TFAH says pandemic response shows strengths, weaknesses

(CIDRAP News) – In its seventh annual report card on the nation's public health preparedness, the advocacy group Trust for America's Health (TFAH) praised the US response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic but also said it has exposed serious gaps in the ability to deal with public health emergencies.

Sep 08, 2009

Sep 08, 2009

FDA launches safety alert portal for food companies

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today launched the Reportable Food Registry, an electronic portal designed to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks in real-time by speeding the response at the first sign of a positive test for a pathogen or contaminant in food or animal feed.

Jul 15, 2009

Jul 15, 2009

Food safety groups unveil outbreak response guidance

(CIDRAP News) – A national consortium of groups that have a stake in managing foodborne illness outbreaks today released guidelines for outbreak response, a document that includes model practices for each investigation stage, giving local and state officials a baseline for assessing their current procedures.

Jul 07, 2009

Jul 07, 2009

CDC acts to expedite foodborne data sharing

(CIDRAP News) – At the same time that the Obama Administration inaugurates new safety and enforcement standards for the agencies overseeing food production in the United States, one of those agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is taking steps to improve the flow of data revealing food-safety problems.

Jul 07, 2009

Jul 07, 2009

Officials release food safety plan, egg safety rules

(CIDRAP News) – As President Obama's Food Safety Working Group announced its key steps today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled sweeping new egg safety rules designed to reduce the burden of Salmonella illnesses in humans.

Jun 19, 2009

Jun 19, 2009

Federal officials link E coli outbreak to raw cookie dough

(CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers today not to eatNestle Toll House refrigerated raw cookie dough, as state and federal officialsinvestigate 66 Escherichia coliO157:H7 illnesses, many of them children, across 28 states that they suspectare linked to the product.

Jun 17, 2009

Jun 17, 2009

COMMENTARY Improving foodborne outbreak investigations on a budget

By Craig Hedberg, PhD

(CIDRAP News) – The foodborne disease surveillance system seems to be under siege. A nearly continuous series of large, multistate outbreaks of Salmonella have been associated with unexpected food vehicles over the past 3 years. Several of these investigations stretched on for weeks under the glare of increasing public anxiety over uncertain identification of the source.

May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009

Senator to offer plan for upgrading US foodborne illness response

(CIDRAP News) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today announced plans to introduce legislation designed to improve the nation's response to foodborne illness outbreaks by promoting use of some of the tools that helped Minnesota officials find the sources of two recent widespread Salmonella outbreaks.

Apr 17, 2009

Apr 17, 2009

Report calls for bolstering state, local food safety efforts

(CIDRAP News) – Part of the answer to the nation's food safety troubles lies in strengthening state and local food safety efforts and better integrating them with federal activities, according to a new report prepared by academic experts in collaboration with state and local public health groups.

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