Canadian E coli illnesses spark walnut recallCanada's food safety agency yesterday announced that a Quebec company has recalled its packaged and bulk walnuts, imported from the United States, because they are suspected in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak in the country's eastern provinces. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said recalled walnuts, distributed by Amira Enterprises, Inc., carry the Amira, Tia, and Merit Selection brand names.
Twenty countries were reporting a total of 985 confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) as of early today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Mexico has reported 590 cases with 25 deaths. The WHO total includes yesterday's US report of 226 cases in 30 states, with one death. Other countries with more than 10 cases were Canada, 85; Spain, 40; and the United Kingdom, 15. [WHO statement]
(CIDRAP News) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report examining the results several developed nations and the European Union achieved when they consolidated oversight of food safety in a single agency, a step often advocated in the United State for solving some of the problems linked to contaminated imported and domestic food.
(CIDRAP News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced a ban on certain cattle materials from all animal feed starting next year, an action designed to protect animals and humans against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.