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Oct 21, 2004

Oct 21, 2004

GAO says USDA, FDA should improve food recalls

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserted this week that weaknesses in the government's systems for handling food recalls increase the risk that consumers will buy and eat unsafe food.

Oct 20, 2004

Oct 20, 2004

Avian flu infected 1,000 people in 2003, Dutch report says

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza probably infected at least 1,000 people during a major outbreak in the Netherlands in 2003, many more than originally thought, Dutch researchers say.

Results of antibody tests of poultry workers suggested that at least 1,000 people were infected with the H7N7 avian flu virus, according to research conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Oct 19, 2004

Oct 19, 2004

Aventis to produce 2.6 million more flu vaccine doses

(CIDRAP News) – Seeking to calm public worries about the influenza vaccine shortage, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today that Aventis Pasteur will produce another 2.6 million doses for distribution in January.

Oct 19, 2004

Avian flu kills tigers in Thailand, chickens in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – A government official in Thailand said 23 tigers at a private zoo died of avian influenza after eating the carcasses of chickens believed to have had the disease, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

Meanwhile, thousands of chickens have died in new outbreaks of avian flu in southern Vietnam this month, despite official statements that the disease was under control, according to news services.

Oct 18, 2004

Oct 18, 2004

FDA lists plans for making produce safer

(CIDRAP News) – In response to an apparent increase in illnesses due to contaminated produce, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released an "action plan" for reducing microbial contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Oct 15, 2004

Oct 15, 2004

US guideline aims to keep BSE agent out of animal feed

(CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new guideline to prevent the use of cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in any animal feed.

Oct 15, 2004

Oct 15, 2004

None of Chiron's flu vaccine is safe, FDA says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today ruled out using any of Chiron Corporation's influenza vaccine in the United States this year, following the completion of inspections at the company's plant in Liverpool, England.

Oct 14, 2004

Oct 14, 2004

Monkeys serve as first animal model of smallpox

(CIDRAP News) – Federal researchers report they have succeeded in infecting monkeys with fatal smallpox, creating the first animal model of the disease for use in testing vaccines and treatments for humans.

Oct 13, 2004

Oct 13, 2004

WHO promotes '5 Keys' to food safety

(CIDRAP News) – Two billion people around the world get sick from unsafe food each year, but following five simple rules could significantly reduce that toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Oct 12, 2004

Oct 12, 2004

UK Salmonella outbreak linked to lettuce

(CIDRAP News) – Lettuce has been implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella infection that has involved more than 350 cases in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

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