News & Perspective

Jan 06, 2003

Jan 06, 2003

Newcastle disease infiltrates Southern California poultry flocks

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has struck commercial poultry flocks in Southern California, causing quarantines in six counties and temporary Canadian and Mexican bans on poultry and poultry product imports from the area. Poultry is a $3 billion industry in California, and more than half the state's 12 million egg-producing hens are in the quarantine zone.

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 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 30, 2003

Jan 30, 2003

FDA proposes rules for advance notice of food imports

(CIDRAP News) – Starting next December, importers will have to start notifying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at least a day in advance of every food shipment coming into the United States.

Feb 07, 2003

Feb 07, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease spreads out of California

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has continued to spread through southern California poultry flocks and has spilled over into Nevada and Arizona in recent weeks, prompting emergency declarations in both states.

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 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).

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.

Mar 14, 2003

Mar 14, 2003

Avian influenza confirmed in Connecticut; Dutch outbreak spreads

(CIDRAP News) – State and federal officials this week confirmed the presence of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) at a large poultry farm in eastern Connecticut. Meanwhile, the highly pathogenic form of the disease has led to the killing of 1.4 million birds in the Netherlands in the past 2 weeks.

Mar 19, 2003

Mar 19, 2003

U.S. raises terrorism alert, steps up food and health security

(CIDRAP News) – Citing the likelihood of war with Iraq within days, federal officials have raised the terrorism alert level to "high" and launched "Operation Liberty Shield," a set of protective measures that includes increased food security and public health vigilance.

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