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Dec 30, 2003

Dec 30, 2003

USDA bans all downer cattle from food supply

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture is banning the use of "downer" cattle for human food and taking several other new steps to keep beef products contaminated with the agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the food supply, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced today.

Dec 29, 2003

Dec 29, 2003

Cow with BSE older than previously thought

(CIDRAP News) – The Washington state cow announced by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Dec 23 to be a "presumptive positive" bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case, was born in April 1997, before the August 1997 Food and Drug Administration ban on feeding ruminant-derived meat and bone meal supplements to cattle went into effect.

Dec 24, 2003

Dec 24, 2003

USDA says first US BSE case poses little risk

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials took pains to assure the public today that the risk of contamination in the US beef supply is very low following yesterday's announcement that the nation's first apparent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had turned up in Washington state.

Dec 10, 2003

Dec 10, 2003

FDA confirms Mexican scallions caused three hepatitis outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday reaffirmed its earlier findings that recent hepatitis outbreaks in Tennessee, Georgia, and Pennsylvania were caused by green onions (scallions) from Mexico.

Dec 10, 2003

Dec 10, 2003

FDA puts food record-keeping rules in place

Dec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put the finishing touches on record-keeping rules designed to help the agency trace the sources and travels of contaminated food, but food businesses have at least a year to comply.

Dec 05, 2003

Dec 05, 2003

Salmonella outbreak tied to mangoes treated to kill flies

(CIDRAP News) – A 1999 outbreak of Salmonella infections scattered over 13 states was traced to Brazilian mangoes, which may have been contaminated when they were treated to kill Mediterranean fruit flies, according to a new study.

Dec 02, 2003

Dec 02, 2003

Firm recalls ground beef wrongly labeled as irradiated

(CIDRAP News) – In what appears to be the first case of its kind, a meatpacking plant in Dodge City, Kan., last week recalled about 26,600 pounds of ground beef because it was wrongly labeled as irradiated.

Dec 02, 2003

Alfalfa sprouts blamed in Oregon Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Contaminated alfalfa sprouts were the probable cause of at least six recent cases of Salmonella infection in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).

Harmony Farms, an Auburn, Wash., firm, has recalled alfalfa and onion sprouts from retail stores and restaurants throughout Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, the department announced last week.

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 25, 2003

Nov 25, 2003

Food firms slow to register under new FDA security rules

(CIDRAP News) – With a Dec 12 deadline approaching, fewer than 20% of food establishments that must register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under new regulations for protecting the US food supply have done so, FDA officials said yesterday.

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