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Nov 26, 2003

Nov 26, 2003

Contaminated building blamed in E coli O157 outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A contaminated multipurpose building apparently was the source of Escherichia coli O157 exposure for at least 19 people who got sick after attending a county fair in Ohio in 2001, according to a study published this week.

Nov 18, 2003

Nov 18, 2003

Beef industry lists best ways to combat E coli O157:H7

(CIDRAP News) – Leaders of the US beef industry last week released sets of recommended "best practices" for eliminating Escherichia coli O157:H7 contamination at slaughter plants and in grinding operations.

Oct 31, 2003

Oct 31, 2003

Vaccine shows promise in reducing E coli O157 in cattle

(CIDRAP News) – Cattle that were vaccinated against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in trials the past 2 years showed significant reductions in prevalence of the pathogen, according to a Canadian company that hopes to market the vaccine as a food safety measure.

Oct 03, 2003

Oct 03, 2003

FSIS, ConAgra share blame for massive 2002 beef recall

(CIDRAP News) – A report by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) inspector general blames both federal meat inspectors and ConAgra Beef Co. for errors that led to a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections and an 18 million–pound ground beef recall last year.

Sep 19, 2003

Sep 19, 2003

Potential treatment for HUS fails in major clinical trial

(CIDRAP News) – A drug that researchers hoped would offer the first effective treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)—a sometimes fatal kidney condition that can result from eating food contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7—has proved ineffective in a major clinical trial.

Sep 19, 2003

Sep 19, 2003

USDA reports less E coli O157:H7 in ground beef this year

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fewer ground beef samples this year than in past years, suggesting that a year-old initiative to keep the pathogen out of meat is paying off.

Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Irradiation proponents object to Consumer Reports article

(CIDRAP News) – Supporters of irradiation as a tool for preventing foodborne disease are dismayed by a generally negative evaluation of irradiated meat in the August issue of Consumer Reports.

Jun 30, 2003

Jun 30, 2003

Frozen steaks recalled in E coli outbreak investigation

(CIDRAP News) – Stampede Meat, Inc., Chicago, is recalling about 739,000 pounds of frozen beef products because of a possible link to five Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in Minnesota, Kansas, and Michigan, the US Department of Agriculture announced yesterday.

May 30, 2003

May 30, 2003

USDA to offer irradiated beef to schools next January

(CIDRAP News) – The debut of irradiated ground beef in school cafeterias grew more likely yesterday with the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement that it will make the product available to schools starting next January.

Apr 18, 2003

Apr 18, 2003

2002 data show mixed results in battle against foodborne diseases

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary data for 2002 indicate that the nation is making progress against some major foodborne diseases, including Campylobacter and Listeria, but not against others, including Salmonella, one of the most common.

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