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Dec 21, 2007

Dec 21, 2007

Drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday issued a public health alert about ground beef products that may be contaminated with a multidrug-resistant form of Salmonella that has sickened 38 people in four western states.

Nov 28, 2007

Nov 28, 2007

US inspections of Canadian meat return to normal

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is returning its inspections and testing of Canadian meat and poultry products to normal levels after finding no problems during expanded monitoring over the past 2½ weeks.

Nov 21, 2007

Nov 21, 2007

USDA modifies E coli testing rules for Canadian beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has modified its program of increased testing and inspection of Canadian meat, after finding no problems in the first week or so, a USDA official said today.

Nov 16, 2007

Nov 16, 2007

ConAgra resumes pot pie production after heeding USDA concerns

(CIDRAP News) – ConAgra Foods announced recently that it resumed production of pot pies brands that were linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in October after making some changes that were prompted by an investigation by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Nov 08, 2007

Nov 08, 2007

USDA vows to double inspections of Canadian meat

(CIDRAP News) – Starting tomorrow, US inspection and testing of imported Canadian meat and poultry products will roughly double and will include a category of beef products that has not previously been subject to testing, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today.

Nov 07, 2007

Nov 07, 2007

FDA food safety plan taps others for inspection help

(CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released yesterday as part of a comprehensive import safety plan, places a heavy emphasis on preventing food contamination by enlisting other groups to help the agency focus inspection efforts on high-risk food products.

Nov 05, 2007

Nov 05, 2007

USDA to increase testing of Canadian meat

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of evidence that Canadian beef contributed to recent Escherichia coli cases in the United States, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to increase testing of Canadian meat and poultry products before they can cross the border.

Oct 15, 2007

Oct 15, 2007

E coli cases prompt beef recall by Illinois firm

(CIDRAP News) – An Illinois company has recalled about 173,500 pounds of frozen ground beef products because of a possible connection with Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections, as the number of cases in other recent foodborne illness outbreaks continued to mount.

Oct 12, 2007

Oct 12, 2007

ConAgra recalls pot pies as Salmonella cases rise

(CIDRAP News) – ConAgra yesterday recalled all of its pot pie varieties, including beef, as the number of people sickened in a Salmonella outbreak that health officials say may be linked to some of the products rose to 165 in 31 states.

Oct 10, 2007

Oct 10, 2007

Pot pies suspected in 30-state Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials are warning consumers not to eat certain frozen chicken and turkey pot pie products, as federal investigators gather more information on a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has so far sickened 139 people in 30 states.

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