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Aug 14, 2003

Aug 14, 2003

Successful screening of blood donations for West Nile ongoing

(CIDRAP News) – As of June 14, all blood donations in the United States are screened for West Nile virus (WNV) through a program among US blood collection agencies (BCAs) that uses nucleic acid–amplification tests (NATs). The program and its success thus far are described in a report in the Aug 15 issue of Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report, released today.

Aug 11, 2003

Aug 11, 2003

US, Mexico ease ban on Canadian beef

Editor's Note: This article, originally published Aug 11, was updated on Aug 12 to include new information from Mexico.

Aug 05, 2003

Aug 05, 2003

Large areas of Southwest eliminated from END quarantine

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced that the quarantine for exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been lifted for Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. In addition, the quarantine zone in Southern California has been reduced by 84%, from 46,000 to 7,300 square miles, according to a press release from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Birds in the areas eliminated have been thoroughly tested, with no cases of END found.

Jul 15, 2003

Jul 15, 2003

UN commission adopts new standard for irradiated foods

Jul 15 (CIDRAP NEWS) – The United Nations' food standards body announced last week that it would allow higher kiloGray (kGy) doses for irradiating food.

Jun 12, 2003

Jun 12, 2003

Exotic Newcastle quarantine lifted in Texas, New Mexico

(CIDRAP News) – As expected, federal and state authorities have lifted poultry and bird quarantines in five counties in western Texas and southern New Mexico after concluding that exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been stamped out in the area.

Jun 04, 2003

Jun 04, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease contained in Texas, New Mexico

June 4, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – A quarantine on poultry and pet birds in the El Paso, Tex., area is expected to be lifted in the wake of a recent finding that exotic Newcastle disease (END) did not spread beyond the backyard flock where it turned up in April, according to Texas and New Mexico officials.

The quarantine was imposed on five counties in Texas and neighboring New Mexico Apr 10 after the disease was discovered in a flock in El Paso.

Apr 11, 2003

Apr 11, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease turns up in West Texas

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been found in a backyard chicken flock near El Paso, Tex., prompting a ban on poultry movement in five Texas and New Mexico counties, Texas officials announced yesterday.

Oct 30, 2002

Oct 30, 2002

FDA bars all Mexican cantaloupe over risk of Salmonella contamination

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has halted the importation of Mexican cantaloupes because of evidence that unsanitary conditions in melon fields and processing facilities have caused four salmonellosis outbreaks in the past 3 years.

Aug 26, 2002

Aug 26, 2002

HHS lists members of Council on Public Health Preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has named the 21 members of his Council on Public Health Preparedness, which will advise HHS on dealing with public health emergencies, including bioterrorism.

Jul 25, 2002

Jul 25, 2002

Wyoming health official named head of USDA food safety agency

(CIDRAP News) – Garry L. McKee, PhD, MPH, director of the Wyoming Department of Health, has been named administrator of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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