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Jul 29, 2008

Jul 29, 2008

Tainted pepper found in home of Salmonella patient

(CIDRAP News) – After more than 1,300 cases of Salmonella infection in 43 states over 3 months, investigators have finally found a smoking gun: a contaminated jalapeno pepper from the home of a Colorado resident who was sickened in the outbreak.

Jul 28, 2008

Jul 28, 2008

FDA clears US jalapenos in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently said jalapeno peppers grown in the United States are safe to eat, in view of findings that suggest the contaminated peppers responsible for many illnesses in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak came only from Mexican sources.

Jul 24, 2008

Jul 24, 2008

Minnesota tactics helped reveal Salmonella source

(CIDRAP News) – New details emerged today about breaks in the Salmonella investigation that led to the identification of the outbreak strain in a jalapeno pepper, as the number of cases in the nationwide outbreak rose to 1,284.

Jul 23, 2008

Jul 23, 2008

New pandemic vaccine plan keeps focus on critical workers

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today released their official guidance on allocating vaccine during an influenza pandemic, with few changes from a previous draft that put military personnel, critical health and emergency workers, pregnant women, and small children at the head of the line.

Jul 21, 2008

Jul 21, 2008

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in jalapeno

(CIDRAP News) – Federal authorities announced today that investigators working at a Texas produce facility found Salmonella that genetically matches the nationwide outbreak strain on a jalapeno pepper.

Jul 17, 2008

Jul 17, 2008

FDA ends warning on tomatoes, focuses on peppers

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today lifted warnings against eating certain tomatoes and said new clues in the ongoing nationwide Salmonella outbreak have led investigators from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to explore a Mexican packinghouse that handles jalapeno and Serrano peppers.

Jul 16, 2008

Jul 16, 2008

E coli cases found in 4 more states

Editor's note: The original version of this story listed 44 E coli cases in five states. The story was updated shortly after publication to include new information about another case from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jul 15, 2008

Jul 15, 2008

Salmonella clues elusive as cases rise to 1,167

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that the number of cases in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that might be linked to contaminated tomatoes and hot peppers has climbed to 1,167 and that new illnesses are still being reported.

Jul 15, 2008

Jul 15, 2008

Indonesia details reasons for withholding H5N1 viruses

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent medical journal article, Indonesian officials detailed the rationale for their refusal to share H5N1 influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), asserting that it was in part a response to violations of the WHO's own guidelines by scientists and laboratories.

Jul 08, 2008

Jul 08, 2008

Company expands beef recall, counters USDA criticism

(CIDRAP News) – Nebraska Beef, Ltd., recently expanded a recall of its beef amid reports that its production practices might have been inadequate for controlling Escherichia coli O157:H7, as the number of patients sickened in a two-state outbreak rose to 41.

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