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Dec 15, 2009

Dec 15, 2009

TFAH says pandemic response shows strengths, weaknesses

(CIDRAP News) – In its seventh annual report card on the nation's public health preparedness, the advocacy group Trust for America's Health (TFAH) praised the US response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic but also said it has exposed serious gaps in the ability to deal with public health emergencies.

Sep 08, 2009

Sep 08, 2009

FDA launches safety alert portal for food companies

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today launched the Reportable Food Registry, an electronic portal designed to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks in real-time by speeding the response at the first sign of a positive test for a pathogen or contaminant in food or animal feed.

Jul 31, 2009

Jul 31, 2009

House passes bill giving FDA new food safety enforcement powers and resources

(CIDRAP News) –The US House of Representatives yesterday passed sweeping legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more power and resources to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

Jul 15, 2009

Jul 15, 2009

Food safety groups unveil outbreak response guidance

(CIDRAP News) – A national consortium of groups that have a stake in managing foodborne illness outbreaks today released guidelines for outbreak response, a document that includes model practices for each investigation stage, giving local and state officials a baseline for assessing their current procedures.

Jul 07, 2009

Jul 07, 2009

CDC acts to expedite foodborne data sharing

(CIDRAP News) – At the same time that the Obama Administration inaugurates new safety and enforcement standards for the agencies overseeing food production in the United States, one of those agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is taking steps to improve the flow of data revealing food-safety problems.

Jul 07, 2009

Jul 07, 2009

Officials release food safety plan, egg safety rules

(CIDRAP News) – As President Obama's Food Safety Working Group announced its key steps today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled sweeping new egg safety rules designed to reduce the burden of Salmonella illnesses in humans.

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