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Jan 08, 2009

Jan 08, 2009

Cause still sought in 42-state Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A Salmonella outbreak that was first publicized this week has expanded to 388 cases in 42 states, but the cause remains unknown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

News reports yesterday put the outbreak, involving Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium, at 336 cases in 34 states.

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 27, 2009

Mar 27, 2009

US inspectors find food products hard to trace

(CIDRAP News) – Federal inspectors who conducted a survey to identify gaps in the nation's food traceability system told a House subcommittee yesterday that they managed to trace only 5 of 40 products through the full production and distribution chain and that some food facilities didn't know they needed to keep source contact information.

Apr 09, 2009

Apr 09, 2009

CDC says foodborne disease rates held steady in 2008

(CIDRAP News) – Foodborne disease rates in 2008 stayed about the same as in the previous 3 years, underlining the need for renewed efforts to improve food safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Apr 17, 2009

Apr 17, 2009

Report calls for bolstering state, local food safety efforts

(CIDRAP News) – Part of the answer to the nation's food safety troubles lies in strengthening state and local food safety efforts and better integrating them with federal activities, according to a new report prepared by academic experts in collaboration with state and local public health groups.

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