News & Perspective

Dec 01, 2010

Dec 01, 2010

Senate miscue may derail food safety bill

(CIDRAP News) – The chances for final passage of the broad food safety bill just approved by the US Senate appeared to dim today with the report that fees included in the bill flout a constitutional requirement that all tax measures must originate in the House.

Dec 06, 2010

Dec 06, 2010

Cholera deaths climb in southwest Haiti

(CIDRAP News) –Cholera deaths are climbing in southwestern Haiti, an area that had been previously spared by the outbreak, as health officials face prevention challenges from local beliefs that the disease is caused by supernatural forces.

Dec 08, 2010

Dec 08, 2010

Experts disagree on Haiti cholera source as cases near 100,000

(CIDRAP News) – A report by an epidemiologist sent by France to assist Haiti with the cholera response said United Nations (UN) peacekeeping forces from Nepal are the most likely source of the outbreak, though others deny the claims or say the findings are inconclusive.

Dec 09, 2010

Dec 09, 2010

Food safety bill fix headed for Senate

(CIDRAP News) – Landmark food safety legislation cleared another hurdle yesterday evening when the US House of Representatives passed a massive funding bill that includes a version of the legislation that fixes an error in the Senate's recently passed food safety bill.

Dec 10, 2010

Dec 10, 2010

Analysis: Haiti's cholera strain came from South Asia

(CIDRAP News) – In the most detailed analysis to date on the Vibrio cholerae strain that has sparked Haiti's outbreak, researchers confirmed that it most closely resembles a South Asian variant not previously seen in the region and that it is more lethal than other strains.

Dec 13, 2010

Dec 13, 2010

Report: Ground beef safety for fed programs needs hard science

(CIDRAP News) – Stricter testing for ground beef bound for school lunches, emergency food banks, and other government programs isn't likely to boost safety, but a stronger scientific basis and other measures could, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC).

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.

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