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Sep 30, 2011

Sep 30, 2011

FDA plan aims to improve food safety at retail outlets

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a "Retail Food Safety Action Plan" aiming to improve how food facilities manage their food safety efforts and how public health agencies oversee them.

The plan calls for strengthening state and local food safety requirements for retail facilities and improving training for their workers, the FDA said in an e-mail statement yesterday.

Sep 30, 2011

Sep 30, 2011

IOM: States, locals should decide where to store anthrax drugs

(CIDRAP News) – Positioning supplies of antibiotics in communities has been proposed as the next step to prepare for a Bacillus anthracis attack, and state and local public health officials are in the best position to determine where and how they should be stored, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) expert group reported today.

Sep 28, 2011

Sep 28, 2011

Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak grows: 18 states, 72 ill, 13 dead

(CIDRAP News) – Seventeen more listeriosis infections, along with five more deaths, have been linked to a multistate outbreak tied to a Colorado farm's tainted cantaloupes, pushing the total to 72 illnesses and 13 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.

Sep 19, 2011

Sep 19, 2011

Tests confirm cantaloupe link in 10-state Listeria outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Listeria monocytogenes found in samples of Jensen Farms cantaloupe from a sick patient's home and from retail outlets have the same genetic fingerprint as the strain that has sickened several patients in the outbreak, Colorado health officials have reported.

Sep 16, 2011

Sep 16, 2011

GAO sees big data gaps on animal drugs and antibiotic resistance

(CIDRAP News) – The US government needs to collect much more data on antibiotic use in food animals and resistant bacteria in animals and retail meat to clarify the possible links between them, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released this week.

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