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Jan 03, 2012

Jan 03, 2012

New study puts cost of US foodborne illness at $77 billion

(CIDRAP News) – Although the estimated annual toll of foodborne illnesses and deaths in the United States was revised sharply downward by federal officials in 2010, foodborne disease still costs the nation up to $77.7 billion a year, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Protection.

Jan 10, 2012

Jan 10, 2012

USDA to trim food safety offices in economy move

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to close five of its 15 district Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offices to save money and boost efficiency, a move that officials said will not impair meat and poultry plant inspections.

Jan 20, 2012

Jan 20, 2012

USDA: Poultry inspection shift will boost safety, save money

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a plan today to spend less time visually inspecting poultry carcasses and more time checking other safety variables, saying this will simultaneously improve food safety and save money for taxpayers and poultry companies.

Feb 15, 2012

Feb 15, 2012

Tainted Jimmy John's sprouts linked to illnesses in 5 states

(CIDRAP News) – An Escherichia coli O26 outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts served on Jimmy John's sandwiches has sickened 12 people in five states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Mar 12, 2012

Mar 12, 2012

GAO report explores preslaughter methods to curb E coli in cattle

(CIDRAP News) – A federal study of preslaughter interventions for reducing Escherichia coli in cattle identified several possibilities but found that only a few companies have submitted applications for products that target the pathogen at this processing stage.

Mar 14, 2012

Mar 14, 2012

Studies: US gastroenteritis deaths, imported food outbreaks on rise

(CIDRAP News) – The number of US gastroenteritis deaths more than doubled in 8 years, with Clostridium difficile and norovirus as the two most common culprits, researchers reported today at an infectious disease conference.

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