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Jun 19, 2008

Jun 19, 2008

New state reports push Salmonella outbreak count to 383

(CIDRAP News) – The number of patients sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes has grown by 106 more cases, a sign that states have ramped up their surveillance in response to the event, federal food safety officials said at news conference yesterday.

Jun 13, 2008

Jun 13, 2008

Congress voices frustration as Salmonella toll rises

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the number of people sickened in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes has climbed to 228 in 23 states, while federal lawmakers voiced frustration over what they saw as slow progress toward improving produce safety.

Jun 10, 2008

Jun 10, 2008

President seeks more food safety funding for FDA

(CIDRAP News) – US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced yesterday that the Bush administration has boosted its fiscal year 2009 budget request by $275 million to increase funds for new food and medical product safety initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Apr 30, 2008

Apr 30, 2008

Health group urges overhaul of US food safety system

(CIDRAP News) – Calling the US food safety system antiquated and disjointed, a public health advocacy group today urged a major overhaul to make the system stronger, more coherent, and better attuned to today's major threats.

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.

Jul 20, 2007

Jul 20, 2007

FAO, WHO urge vigilance in light of recent food scares

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday urged all countries to strengthen their food safety systems, a day after President Bush issued an executive order establishing a group to examine the safety of imported food and other goods.

Sep 02, 2005

Sep 02, 2005

Hurricane Katrina sparks fears of disease outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Amid the devastation left by hurricane Katrina on the US Gulf Coast, fears of infectious disease outbreaks have added to the distress. Some of those concerns are solidly grounded, while others are less so, disease experts say.

Apr 15, 2005

Apr 15, 2005

CDC cites declines in major foodborne infections

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government yesterday announced reductions in the rates of several common foodborne bacterial infections in 2004, especially the potentially life-threatening Escherichia coli O157:H7.

Jun 03, 2004

Jun 03, 2004

GAO urges more scrutiny of antibiotic use in animals

(CIDRAP News) – The General Accounting Office (GAO) has urged federal agencies to step up their efforts to determine if the use of certain antibiotics in animals endangers human health by making bacteria resistant to those antibiotics.

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