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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.

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.

Jul 02, 2010

Jul 02, 2010

USDA stiffens standards for ground beef sent to schools

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has formally adopted tougher safety standards for ground beef used in the National School Lunch program, a move that was first proposed in May and was originally spurred by a newspaper investigative report last December.

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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