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Dec 15, 2009

Dec 15, 2009

TFAH says pandemic response shows strengths, weaknesses

(CIDRAP News) – In its seventh annual report card on the nation's public health preparedness, the advocacy group Trust for America's Health (TFAH) praised the US response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic but also said it has exposed serious gaps in the ability to deal with public health emergencies.

Jul 31, 2009

Jul 31, 2009

House passes bill giving FDA new food safety enforcement powers and resources

(CIDRAP News) –The US House of Representatives yesterday passed sweeping legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more power and resources to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

Jul 15, 2009

Jul 15, 2009

Food safety groups unveil outbreak response guidance

(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.

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.

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.

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.

Mar 25, 2009

Mar 25, 2009

Policy group says FDA needs single food safety chief

(CIDRAP News) – A public health policy group today urged the government to put one person in charge of all food safety efforts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a first step toward preventing the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that have plagued the nation in recent years.

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