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Mar 30, 2012

Mar 30, 2012

Pet turtles linked to three Salmonella outbreaks in 16 states

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced three Salmonella outbreaks linked to pet turtles that have sickened 66 people in 16 states so far.

Trace-back investigations found that turtles with shells less than 4 inches long or their environments are the cause of the outbreaks. Two of the outbreaks appear to involve red-eared slider turtles.

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.

Mar 13, 2012

Mar 13, 2012

Funding gap stalls food safety centers of excellence

(CIDRAP News) – Federal funding shortfalls have stalled the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) progress on establishing five centers of excellence that were included in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to sources involved in setting criteria for the new centers.

Mar 05, 2012

Mar 05, 2012

Report cites mixed data on resistant bacteria in poultry, meat

(CIDRAP News) – A new US government report shows that the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in retail poultry and meat samples in 2010 varied greatly depending on the type of bacteria and meat, with resistant Salmonella in chicken breasts one of the more common findings.

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.

Jan 11, 2012

Jan 11, 2012

Auditor gave cantaloupe farm high marks before Listeria outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A private food-safety auditor gave Jensen Farms in Colorado a "superior" rating a few weeks before cantaloupes from the farm were linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak, according to a report from a US House committee.

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