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Aug 26, 2008

Aug 26, 2008

12 deaths reported in Canadian Listeria outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A Listeria outbreak linked to a Maple Leaf Foods meat product plant in Toronto has expanded to 26 cases, and 12 people have died, though it was not yet clear how many of the deaths were directly due to the illness, Canadian officials announced yesterday.

Aug 21, 2008

Aug 21, 2008

FDA approves irradiation of iceberg lettuce, spinach

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of irradiation to kill pathogens in fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce, which were linked to Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks that sickened hundreds of people in the fall of 2006.

Apr 14, 2008

Apr 14, 2008

Salmonella -tainted cereal sickens 21 in 13 states

Editor's note: The numbers in this story were revised on Apr 15 to reflect a correction issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA originally said the outbreak involved 23 cases in 14 states, but on Apr 15 the agency said the correct numbers were 21 cases in 13 states.

Apr 10, 2008

Apr 10, 2008

Foodborne disease rates changed little in 2007

(CIDRAP News) – The rates of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States have remained about the same since 2004, pointing to a need for increased efforts to ensure food safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Nov 28, 2007

Nov 28, 2007

US inspections of Canadian meat return to normal

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is returning its inspections and testing of Canadian meat and poultry products to normal levels after finding no problems during expanded monitoring over the past 2½ weeks.

Nov 05, 2007

Nov 05, 2007

USDA to increase testing of Canadian meat

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of evidence that Canadian beef contributed to recent Escherichia coli cases in the United States, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to increase testing of Canadian meat and poultry products before they can cross the border.

Apr 12, 2007

Apr 12, 2007

CDC says some foodborne illnesses rose in 2006

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary data from 2006 show that foodborne illnesses caused by Escherichia coli and Vibrio rose, while cases caused by other pathogens leveled off or slowly declined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Apr 13, 2006

Apr 13, 2006

CDC sees decline in most foodborne illnesses

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of most major foodborne diseases in 2005 changed little from the previous year and generally continued a slow decline from levels measured in the late 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Apr 15, 2005

Apr 15, 2005

CDC cites declines in major foodborne infections

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government yesterday announced reductions in the rates of several common foodborne bacterial infections in 2004, especially the potentially life-threatening Escherichia coli O157:H7.

Apr 29, 2004

Apr 29, 2004

CDC reports E coli cases dropped sharply in 2003

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections dropped 36% from 2002 to 2003, and long-term declines in the rates of several other common foodborne illnesses continued in 2003, the CDC reported today.

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