News & Perspective

Apr 22, 2003

Apr 22, 2003

USDA says Salmonella in meat and poultry declined in 2002

(CIDRAP News) – The prevalence of Salmonella contamination in raw meat and poultry tested by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) declined overall from 2001 to 2002, the USDA has announced.

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.

Mar 21, 2003

Mar 21, 2003

Federal regulators may need more authority to assess food security, GAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal food regulators should consider asking Congress for authority to gather information about security measures at food processing plants so they can better assess industry efforts to protect food from deliberate contamination, according to a new report by Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO).

Mar 05, 2003

Mar 05, 2003

USDA begins testing for spinal cord in mechanically separated beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture says it has begun routine sampling of beef from "advanced meat recovery" (AMR) systems to make sure it doesn't contain spinal cord tissue. AMR systems mechanically cut meat from carcasses without breaking bones.

Feb 14, 2003

Feb 14, 2003

Listeria -control steps could pay big health benefits, USDA says

Feb 14, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – A new study of the risk of Listeria contamination of deli meats indicates that safety measures such as post-packaging pasteurization would yield "dramatic" public health benefits, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Feb 10, 2003

Feb 10, 2003

USDA to air Listeria risk assessment at Feb 26 meeting

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture has announced it will release a draft report this week on the risk of Listeria contamination of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products  and will discuss the report at a public meeting Feb 26 in Washington, DC.

Feb 03, 2003

Feb 03, 2003

WHO warns of terrorist attacks using food, offers defense tips

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) warns in a new report that nations should take steps to defend themselves against food contamination by terrorists and the devastating human and economic damage that could result.

Jan 22, 2003

Jan 22, 2003

USDA reports increased efforts to prevent BSE

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it more than tripled the number of cattle it tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in fiscal year 2002 and is making progress on other regulatory steps to keep BSE out of the country.

Jan 16, 2003

Jan 16, 2003

Minnesota to test irradiation education program in school districts

(CIDRAP News) – As the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to offer irradiated ground beef to schools for their lunch programs, Minnesota state officials are planning a USDA-financed pilot project in three school districts to assess attitudes and test educational materials about irradiated beef.

Jan 16, 2003

Jan 16, 2003

FDA to discuss food security rules in meeting via satellite

(CIDRAP News) Ð The Food and DrugAdministration will hold a public meeting, broadcast via satellite link, Jan 29to discuss proposed rules to help prevent deliberate contamination of foodssold in the United States.

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