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Dec 03, 2004

Dec 03, 2004

Departing HHS chief cites pandemic flu, food tampering as top concerns

(CIDRAP News) – In announcing his resignation today after 4 years as US Health and Human services (HHS) secretary, Tommy G. Thompson cited pandemic influenza and food biosecurity as two of his biggest worries.

Thompson, who presided over massive increases in federal spending for public health preparedness and biodefense research, said in response to a question, "There are two things that really worry me yet. The big one is pandemic flu."

Sep 29, 2004

Sep 29, 2004

Federal agencies form agreement with states for food, ag emergencies

(CIDRAP News) – Three federal agencies have signed a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to improve integration of state-federal responses to food and agricultural emergencies.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed the agreement on Sep 23.

Sep 22, 2004

Sep 22, 2004

FDA proposes rules to reduce Salmonella in eggs

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a set of regulations to reduce Salmonella enteritidis (SE) contamination of eggs on poultry farms, with a goal of reducing human SE infections by about 28%.

Sep 21, 2004

Sep 21, 2004

Links between human and animal disease surveillance growing

(CIDRAP News) – State Public Health Veterinarian Mira Leslie, DVM, MPH, hopes to greatly expand Washington's disease surveillance network Oct 1 when she speaks at a statewide veterinary meeting.

Aug 11, 2004

Aug 11, 2004

Funding for animal ID and tracking announced by USDA

(CIDRAP News) – Twenty-nine states and tribal projects will receive $11.64 million in federal grants to develop livestock identification and tracking systems, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has announced.

Jul 21, 2004

Jul 21, 2004

Scientists worry that Rift Valley fever could reach US

(CIDRAP News) – Rift Valley fever (RVF), a mosquito-borne disease that can kill humans and animals, is starting to grab the attention of American scientists because it could cause devastating outbreaks in the United States.

Jul 06, 2004

Jul 06, 2004

Ridge, Veneman mark launch of food and ag security centers

(CIDRAP News) – The launching of separate national research centers for food security and foreign animal diseases was hailed by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman in a ceremony at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis today.

Jun 30, 2004

Jun 30, 2004

FDA reports growing compliance with food security rules

Jun 30 (CIDRAP News) – As federal agencies near the Aug 12 deadline for full enforcement of the food security provisions of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, authorities say the food industry is getting better at following the new rules.

Jun 24, 2004

Jun 24, 2004

FDA says chromium compound poisoned dairy cows

(CIDRAP News) – A substance that was smeared on dairy cows near Seattle, killing three and sickening seven others, was a chromium compound, but the episode did not endanger consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said late yesterday.

Jun 07, 2004

Jun 07, 2004

HHS to shift some biodefense funds from states to cities

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed shifting about $55 million in biodefense funds from ongoing state preparedness programs to several new programs, focusing largely on efforts in 21 major cities.

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