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Oct 15, 2002

Oct 15, 2002

After massive recall, testing at poultry plant implies link to listeriosis outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials announced today that three environmental samples taken from a Pennsylvania poultry processing plant contained a Listeria strain matching that of patients in the current listeriosis outbreak in the Northeast. The announcement came 3 days after the company expanded its recall of turkey and chicken products from the original 295,000 pounds to a record-setting 27.4 million pounds.

Oct 11, 2002

Oct 11, 2002

FDA invites companies to propose substitutes for 'irradiation' on food labels

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that companies can petition the agency for permission to use terms like "electronic pasteurization" in place of "irradiation" on the labeling for irradiated foods.

Oct 10, 2002

Oct 10, 2002

Listeria -related turkey recall by Pennsylvania firm not linked to outbreak

(CIDRAP News) Ð A Pennsylvania company is recalling 295,000 pounds of ready-to-eat turkey and chicken because of possible Listeria contamination, but the recalled products have not been linked to the recent rash of listeriosis cases in the Northeast, federal health officials announced yesterday.

Oct 09, 2002

Oct 09, 2002

Medical societies not jumping on bandwagon for mass smallpox vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Two leading medical societies this week urged caution on proposals for smallpox immunization for the public, days after federal health officials expressed qualified support for the idea.

Oct 09, 2002

Oct 09, 2002

Commentary: Blame the public health system for prolonging listeriosis outbreak

On August 30, 2002 (day 0), the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that it was investigating an apparent outbreak of listeriosis involving 20 cases

Oct 09, 2002

CDC suspects turkey meat in listeriosis outbreak, now at 43 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials say they believe deli turkey meat is the source of a listeriosis outbreak that dates back to midsummer and has grown to 43 cases in seven states, but they have not specified the source of the meat.

The outbreak stood at 43 cases in Pennsylvania and six other states yesterday, with seven deaths and three miscarriages or stillbirths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Oct 04, 2002

Oct 04, 2002

Listeriosis outbreak expands to 40 cases and seven deaths

(CIDRAP News) – A listeriosis outbreak in Pennsylvania and neighboring states has expanded to 40 cases, with seven deaths and three miscarriages or stillbirths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday. The source of the outbreak remained unknown.

Oct 04, 2002

Oct 04, 2002

Milwaukee company expands beef recall over E coli concern, shuts plant for review

(CIDRAP News) – A Milwaukee packing company has expanded its recall of ground beef over concern about potential Escherichia coli O157:H7 contamination and has temporarily closed one of its plants under pressure from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Oct 03, 2002

Oct 03, 2002

FDA cites mung bean sprouts in renewing warning against eating raw sprouts

(CIDRAP News) Ð Citing six illnessoutbreaks over the past 2 1/2 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasupdated its warning about the dangers of eating raw or lightly cooked sproutsto include mung bean sprouts as well as alfalfa sprouts.

Oct 02, 2002

Oct 02, 2002

Managed care group gets CDC grant to watch patient data for signs of attack

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today it is awarding $1.2 million to a group of managed care organizations for a pilot program to monitor millions of patient records for early signs of a terrorist attack.

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