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Dec 21, 2010

Dec 21, 2010

House sends food safety bill to president

(CIDRAP News) – A major food safety bill designed to boost contamination-prevention efforts all along the food chain cleared the last of many legislative hurdles today with a 215-144 vote in the House, sending it to President Obama for his promised signature.

Dec 20, 2010

Dec 20, 2010

Senate gives food safety bill new life

(CIDRAP News) – A landmark food safety bill that had been regarded as nearly dead 3 days ago was abruptly passed by the Senate late yesterday, following weeks of efforts to overcome a technical problem that invalidated an earlier version of it.

Dec 15, 2010

Dec 15, 2010

CDC revises decade-old foodborne illness estimates

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released newer, more precise estimates of the foodborne illness burden, suggesting 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year, a rate lower than previously thought.

Nov 30, 2010

Nov 30, 2010

Senate passes food safety overhaul by wide margin

(CIDRAP News) – Ending months of delay, a large bipartisan majority in the US Senate today passed a bill that aims to make the nation's food supply safer by giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority over food producers and requiring large producers and processors to develop detailed food safety plans.

Nov 17, 2010

Nov 17, 2010

Senate takes up long-stalled food safety bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US Senate voted today to clear the way for floor debate of a major bill to strengthen federal regulation of food safety, keeping alive a chance of passage before this Congress adjourns in December.

Sep 13, 2010

Sep 13, 2010

Federal inspectors say outside pressures hurt food safety

(CIDRAP News) – Many federal food safety workers say their work has been hampered by corporate interests, political pressure, and influence from other groups, according to a survey released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Sep 08, 2010

Sep 08, 2010

Consumer groups push Senate for action on food safety bill

(CIDRAP News) – In a move designed to draw attention to languishing food safety legislation in the US Senate, three national consumer groups today reported that 85 food recalls have been issued in the 13 months since similar legislation passed in the House.

Jun 28, 2010

Jun 28, 2010

FDA draft proposal looks to limit farm antibiotics

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released draft guidance to help reduce resistance to antibiotics used to treat humans—such as penicillin, tetracycline, and macrolides—with more careful use of the drugs in food-producing animals

The agency seeks stakeholder input to help plan its next steps.

Jun 08, 2010

Jun 08, 2010

IOM: Risk-based focus can help FDA fill food safety gaps

(CIDRAP News) – Prompted by congressional hearings into foodborne illness outbreaks and the state of the nation's food safety system, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released its report on the US Food and Drug Administration's role, saying the agency needs a clear path to a risk-based strategy that delegates more inspection duties to states.

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