News & Perspective

Jan 30, 2008

Jan 30, 2008

Ethanol byproduct in feed may boost E coli in cattle

(CIDRAP News) – Recent studies suggest that an ethanol production byproduct that is widely fed to cattle may make cattle more likely to shed deadly Escherichia coli O157, possibly contributing to the surge in beef contamination cases in 2007.

Feb 06, 2008

Feb 06, 2008

USDA to name poultry plants with Salmonella problems

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is preparing to begin publishing the names of poultry and meat plants that have trouble controlling Salmonella, as the agency extends a set of policy changes designed to reduce the prevalence of the pathogen in meat.

Feb 07, 2008

Feb 07, 2008

E coli cattle vaccine nearing US approval

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently signaled that a Canadian company is in a good position to secure the conditional license it needs to market an Escherichia coli O157:H7 vaccine for cattle that could reduce contamination levels in food.

Feb 13, 2008

Feb 13, 2008

USDA seeks more funds for food defense

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture is proposing a big increase in spending to protect the US food and agriculture system from terrorist threats and other disasters in fiscal year 2009, while seeking somewhat less money for avian influenza.

Feb 18, 2008

Feb 18, 2008

Animal-cruelty probe leads to US's biggest meat recall

(CIDRAP News) – A California meatpacking company has issued the largest meat recall in US history—143.4 million pounds—after revelations that the firm mistreated cattle and violated the federal ban on putting disabled or "downer" cattle into the human food supply.

Feb 20, 2008

Feb 20, 2008

CDC says state preparedness much improved since 2001

(CIDRAP News) – The distribution of more than $5 billion in federal funds since 2001 has greatly improved states' preparedness to deal with disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other public health emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a first-of-its-kind assessment.

Feb 26, 2008

Feb 26, 2008

Report suggests wastewater link to Taco John's E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Officials from California and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a final report on a 2006 Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with iceberg lettuce from Taco John's restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota, revealing that wastewater from nearby dairy operations might have contaminated irrigation water.

Mar 12, 2008

Mar 12, 2008

Researchers confirm virulence differences in E coli O157:H7 strains

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from Michigan State University have shown that genetic differences in Escherichia coli O157:H7 strains relate to virulence, confirming suspicions public health experts have had and shedding light on why patients in recent outbreaks seem to have had more severe symptoms.

Mar 13, 2008

Mar 13, 2008

Report cites weaknesses in FDA spinach inspection

(CIDRAP News) – An investigation by acongressional oversight committee into the US Food and Drug Administration's(FDA's) inspection of fresh spinach revealed lax enforcement at facilities thathad violations.

Mar 28, 2008

Mar 28, 2008

USDA sets meeting to air next steps on E coli O157

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to hold a public meeting Apr 9 and 10 to gather major stakeholders to consider the agency's next moves in the battle against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef.

In a news release yesterday, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond said the last significant reductions in E coli contamination and related illnesses occurred early in this decade.

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