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Mar 29, 2006

Mar 29, 2006

FDA approves using Relenza to prevent flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) to prevent—not just treat—influenza in adults and children aged 5 and older.

Mar 21, 2006

Mar 21, 2006

FDA may ban use of flu antivirals in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Veterinarians could not give poultry the same antiviral drugs being stockpiled the world over to battle a human influenza pandemic, under a rule proposed yesterday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Mar 13, 2006

Mar 13, 2006

Alabama cow positive for BSE

(CIDRAP News) – An Alabama cow has tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today.

Mar 03, 2006

Mar 03, 2006

FDA offers guidance to make fresh-cut produce safer

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week proposed voluntary guidelines to help food processors reduce the risk of pathogenic contamination of fresh-cut produce such as bagged salads and sliced pineapple.

Fresh produce has been blamed for a growing share of foodborne disease outbreaks in recent years, and in October 2004 the FDA announced an action plan for reducing disease risks linked to produce.

Mar 01, 2006

Mar 01, 2006

Two new strains to be used in 2006-07 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Global and US health authorities have recommended two new influenza virus strains for use in the flu vaccine for the 2006-07 season.

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