News & Perspective

Jan 09, 2008

Jan 09, 2008

Possible vCJD case in UK may signal more to come

(CIDRAP News) – A British woman who died of a brain disease suggestive of variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (vCJD) had a genetic marker not seen in any previous vCJD patients, raising the possibility that her illness represented a new form of the disease that could signal a new wave of infections, according to a recent research report.

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 04, 2008

Feb 04, 2008

HHS budget proposal cuts state preparedness, boosts food safety

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration today unveiled a $3.1 trillion budget for the 2009 fiscal year that cuts a number of public health initiatives but includes an increase for the Food and Drug Adminstration's (FDA's) food safety efforts.

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 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.

Feb 29, 2008

Feb 29, 2008

USDA vows to enforce humane practices at meat plants

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced interim measures to verify and assess humane handling procedures at federally inspected slaughtering facilities as it continues investigating charges of animal cruelty involving "downer" cattle at a California company.

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.

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