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Mar 10, 2009

Mar 10, 2009

Report says public health funding is uneven, eroding

(CIDRAP News) – US public health spending is very uneven from state to state and is eroding in the face of the economic recession, the nonprofit group Trust for America's Health (TFAH) said in a report released today.

Mar 10, 2009

Mar 10, 2009

FDA recommends steps for reducing Salmonella risk in peanut products

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued two sets of recommendations for reducing the risk of Salmonella contamination in peanut products, one aimed at the food industry and the other at food service establishments and retail stores.

Mar 11, 2009

Mar 11, 2009

USDA grants conditional license for E coli cattle vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted a conditional license for the nation's first Escherichia coli O157:H7 vaccine for cattle, allowing Epitopix LLC, a Willmar, Minn., company, to immediately offer the vaccine to the beef industry.

Mar 12, 2009

Mar 12, 2009

Enacted bill includes pandemic, food safety money

(CIDRAP News) – In passing a huge spending bill this week to cover the next 6 months, Congress approved pandemic preparedness funds that had been proposed by former President Bush and increased appropriations for food safety, according to a health advocacy group.

Mar 16, 2009

Mar 16, 2009

Obama names FDA chief, creates food safety panel

(CIDRAP News) – President Barack Obama has promised that his new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Margaret Hamburg, and a new cabinet-level panel will revitalize the federal government's food safety efforts in the wake of a troubling string of foodborne disease outbreaks.

Mar 17, 2009

Mar 17, 2009

Salmonella cases reach 691 in slowing outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak tied to peanut products has climbed to 691, signaling continued slowing of the outbreak, but a trickle of additional cases is likely to continue for months, federal health officials said today.

Mar 18, 2009

Mar 18, 2009

Peanuts not likely at fault for spike in Salmonella -killed birds

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella infections have been killing more wild birds than usual in the US Southeast this winter, but the increase does not seem related to the nationwide human disease outbreak tied to tainted peanut products, according to federal wildlife scientists.

Mar 19, 2009

Mar 19, 2009

Lawmakers grill food companies over use of tainted ingredients

(CIDRAP News) – Members of Congress today grilled executives of three food companies about what role producers have in ensuring that their ingredients are safe, after revealing that Nestle did its own audits of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) facilities in 2002 and 2006 and rejected the company as one of its suppliers.

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