News & Perspective

Sep 21, 2001

Sep 21, 2001

Sprouts called dangerous food in view of California disease outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Contaminated alfalfa and clover sprouts caused 600 confirmed cases of illness and probably triggered thousands of unreported cases in California and neighboring states from 1996 through 1998, according to a recent report in Annals of Internal Medicine. In view of their findings, the authors say sprouts at present are an “inherently dangerous food.”

Jan 17, 2002

Jan 17, 2002

National panel on food safety criteria to meet Jan 22-25

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella standards for meat and poultry will be among several topics on the table when the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) meets Jan 22 to 25 in Washington, DC.

Mar 19, 2002

Mar 19, 2002

US is vulnerable to foodborne bioterrorism, CDC report says

A recent Lancet report says the US needs to strengthen its public health system to minimize the danger.

Apr 19, 2002

Apr 19, 2002

Foodborne bacterial disease rates dropped 23% from 1996 to 2001, CDC says

The incidence of seven commmon foodborne bacterial diseases dropped 23% between 1996 and 2001, at least in part because of new meat-processing safety rules and other federal food safety efforts in the last few years, according to the CDC.

Apr 26, 2002

Apr 26, 2002

USDA says Salmonella in meat and poultry is declining; further control steps planned

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella contamination of raw meat and poultry has dropped substantially since the inspection system known as Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) debuted in 1998, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Jul 31, 2002

Jul 31, 2002

Foodborne disease outbreaks in schools caused 50,000 illnesses in 25 years

(CIDRAP News) – Foodborne disease outbreaks that occurred in schools between 1973 and 1997 made nearly 50,000 students sick and sent 1,514 to hospitals, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 30, 2002

Aug 30, 2002

Produce protection spawns new products

(CIDRAP News) – As foodborne diseases increase, innovations for improving food safety are sure to follow. And, in fact, such practices are already showing up in grocery stores and at food science institutions around the country.

Apr 18, 2003

Apr 18, 2003

2002 data show mixed results in battle against foodborne diseases

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary data for 2002 indicate that the nation is making progress against some major foodborne diseases, including Campylobacter and Listeria, but not against others, including Salmonella, one of the most common.

Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Irradiation proponents object to Consumer Reports article

(CIDRAP News) – Supporters of irradiation as a tool for preventing foodborne disease are dismayed by a generally negative evaluation of irradiated meat in the August issue of Consumer Reports.

Apr 29, 2004

Apr 29, 2004

CDC reports E coli cases dropped sharply in 2003

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections dropped 36% from 2002 to 2003, and long-term declines in the rates of several other common foodborne illnesses continued in 2003, the CDC reported today.

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