(CIDRAP News) The foodborne disease surveillance system seems to be under siege. A nearly continuous series of large, multistate outbreaks of Salmonella have been associated with unexpected food vehicles over the past 3 years. Several of these investigations stretched on for weeks under the glare of increasing public anxiety over uncertain identification of the source.
(CIDRAP News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers today not to eatNestle Toll House refrigerated raw cookie dough, as state and federal officialsinvestigate 66 Escherichia coliO157:H7 illnesses, many of them children, across 28 states that they suspectare linked to the product.
(CIDRAP News) The number of patients sickened in a multistate Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to prepackaged Nestle cookie dough has grown to 70 from 30 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.
(CIDRAP News) As President Obama's Food Safety Working Group announced its key steps today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled sweeping new egg safety rules designed to reduce the burden of Salmonella illnesses in humans.
(CIDRAP News) At the same time that the Obama Administration inaugurates new safety and enforcement standards for the agencies overseeing food production in the United States, one of those agenciesthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)is taking steps to improve the flow of data revealing food-safety problems.
(CIDRAP News) A national consortium of groups that have a stake in managing foodborne illness outbreaks today released guidelines for outbreak response, a document that includes model practices for each investigation stage, giving local and state officials a baseline for assessing their current procedures.