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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 06, 2007

Nov 06, 2007

US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power

(CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan released by the Bush administration today proposes giving the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) the power to require companies to recall unsafe foods, among a number of other steps.

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.

Nov 01, 2007

Nov 01, 2007

Frozen pizza suspected in 10-state E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – General Mills recalled about 414,000 cases of frozen pizza today after health officials said it could be linked to an Escherichia coli outbreak that has sickened 21 people in 10 states.

Oct 29, 2007

Oct 29, 2007

E coli in Topps beef traced to Canadian firm

(CIDRAP News) – The source of Escherichia coli O157:H7 that recently spurred a massive recall of ground beef by Topps Meat Co. probably was contaminated beef trim from a Canadian firm, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced.

Oct 23, 2007

Oct 23, 2007

USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef

(CIDRAP News) – Officials from the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today unveiled a host of actions that the agency hopes will blunt a recent spike in Escherichia coli outbreaks involving ground beef.

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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