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Nov 24, 2003

Nov 24, 2003

USDA announces food safety research agenda

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced a comprehensive research agenda for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its food safety programs.

The "unified food safety research agenda" ranges from studying the virulence of major foodborne pathogens to developing effective food-safety training strategies, the department said.

Nov 21, 2003

Nov 21, 2003

Scallions implicated in Pennsylvania hepatitis A outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of hepatitis A cases associated with a Chi Chi's restaurant near Pittsburgh points to green onions (scallions) from Mexico as the source of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Nov 20, 2003

Nov 20, 2003

September hepatitis A outbreaks linked to Mexican scallions

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that green onions (scallions) from three Mexican firms have been implicated in hepatitis A outbreaks that occurred in September, but the source of the current outbreak in the Pittsburgh area has not yet been identified.

Nov 20, 2003

Nov 20, 2003

CDC warns of potential for ricin poisoning

(CIDRAP News) – Because someone who recently mailed a container of ricin remains at large, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health workers to be alert for possible cases of ricin poisoning.

Nov 19, 2003

Nov 19, 2003

Vaccines might have contributed to death of Army reservist

(CIDRAP News) – A combination of vaccines that included smallpox and anthrax might have contributed to the death of a young Army reservist last April, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced today.

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.

Nov 18, 2003

Nov 18, 2003

NIH launches first human trial of Ebola vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced the start of the first human trial of a vaccine for Ebola virus infection, a currently untreatable disease that kills most of its victims.

Nov 17, 2003

Nov 17, 2003

FDA says green onions may pose hepatitis A risk

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration has advised the public to consider avoiding raw or lightly cooked green onions (scallions) in the light of evidence linking them to recent hepatitis A outbreaks.

Nov 17, 2003

Nov 17, 2003

USDA offers food safety guidelines for consumers

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a 15-page set of guidelines for the public on food safety and security.

Titled "Food Safety and Food Security: What Consumers Need to Know," the booklet covers topics ranging from safe cooking temperatures and product recalls to spotting and reporting possible food tampering.

Nov 14, 2003

Nov 14, 2003

Scientists create functioning virus in 2 weeks

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) created a functioning copy of a virus in the record-breaking time of 2 weeks, DOE officials announced yesterday.

The virus is a phage—a type that infects bacteria—and is harmless to humans, officials said. It was created as part of a research program to develop microbes that can help solve energy and environmental problems.

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