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Mar 19, 2004

Mar 19, 2004

FDA includes Fujian strain in next year's flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its recommendations for next season's influenza vaccine, calling for inclusion of the A Fujian viral strain that caused most flu cases in the United States this winter.

Mar 12, 2004

Mar 12, 2004

FDA offers guidance on testing drugs for smallpox-shot side effects

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published guidelines for the development of drugs to treat the side effects of smallpox vaccination, an area in which the federal government is investing substantial research funds.

Mar 05, 2004

Mar 05, 2004

Spray for raw chicken: a boon for food safety?

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved use of a spray containing the active ingredient in mouth rinses and throat lozenges as a way of reducing poultry-related foodborne illnesses. The chemical, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), will soon be marketed as a spray under the name Cecure for poultry processing companies to apply to raw poultry.

Jan 29, 2004

Jan 29, 2004

Bush seeks to expand surveillance for bioterrorism

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration today proposed a $274 million program to improve the nation's alertness for bioterrorism by measures such as increasing environmental monitoring, analyzing health data, and inspecting crops and livestock.

Dec 17, 2003

Dec 17, 2003

FDA approves test for anthrax in lab cultures

Dec 31, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – Individuals receiving smallpox vaccine should wait 3 weeks before donating blood, according to guidance issued yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recommendations are being issued as a precautionary measure to reduce the "very slight risk" of bloodborne exposure to vaccinia virus in certain patient populations, according to the agency.

Dec 10, 2003

Dec 10, 2003

FDA confirms Mexican scallions caused three hepatitis outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday reaffirmed its earlier findings that recent hepatitis outbreaks in Tennessee, Georgia, and Pennsylvania were caused by green onions (scallions) from Mexico.

Dec 09, 2003

Dec 09, 2003

CDC considers tapping European supply of flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government is considering buying influenza vaccine from a British company in an effort to remedy a possible shortage in the United States, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Dec 02, 2003

Dec 02, 2003

Alfalfa sprouts blamed in Oregon Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Contaminated alfalfa sprouts were the probable cause of at least six recent cases of Salmonella infection in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).

Harmony Farms, an Auburn, Wash., firm, has recalled alfalfa and onion sprouts from retail stores and restaurants throughout Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, the department announced last week.

Nov 21, 2003

Nov 21, 2003

Scallions implicated in Pennsylvania hepatitis A outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of hepatitis A cases associated with a Chi Chi's restaurant near Pittsburgh points to green onions (scallions) from Mexico as the source of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Nov 17, 2003

Nov 17, 2003

FDA says green onions may pose hepatitis A risk

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration has advised the public to consider avoiding raw or lightly cooked green onions (scallions) in the light of evidence linking them to recent hepatitis A outbreaks.

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