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Apr 27, 2009

Apr 27, 2009

Contaminated sprout seeds suspected in Salmonella outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday warned consumers not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts, including blends that contain the sprouts, until further notice, because the seeds used by growers around the country may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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 15, 2009

Apr 15, 2009

FDA: Salmonella strain in pistachios matches illness isolate

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the Salmonella strain found in early April at Setton Farms' California processing facility and said its genetic fingerprint matches the strain in at least one illness, in a child who suffered gastroenteritis after reportedly eating the firm's pistachios.

Apr 09, 2009

Apr 09, 2009

FDA, states creating teams for foodborne disease response

(CIDRAP News) – To streamline foodborne illness investigations, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has partnered with six states to form rapid response teams, an FDA official said today.

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 08, 2009

Apr 08, 2009

Federal marshals serve inspection warrant to NJ food company

(CIDRAP News) – US Marshals today executed an inspection warrant at a New Jersey fruit and nut company after it refused to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) access to its distribution records related to peanut products received from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a Virginia-based company linked to the recent national Salmonella outbreak.

Apr 07, 2009

Apr 07, 2009

FDA delays new BSE-related feed ban 2 months

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed yesterday to delay by another 2 months a long-planned ban on the use of certain cattle materials in any animal feed, a measure designed to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The ban would take effect Jun 26 instead of Apr 27.

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