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Dec 12, 2003

Dec 12, 2003

Food import rules will have 8-month phase-in, FDA says

(CIDRAP News) – New federal rules intended to prevent the use of food as a bioterrorism weapon take effect today, but it will be 8 months before the rules are fully enforced, according to the Food and Drug Admnistration (FDA).

Dec 03, 2003

Dec 03, 2003

GAO: Monitoring systems to protect drinking water needed

(CIDRAP News) – Systems for rapidly detecting contaminants in drinking water should be a high priority for federal funding to make the nation's water systems more secure, according to a group of experts consulted by Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO).

Nov 25, 2003

Nov 25, 2003

Food firms slow to register under new FDA security rules

(CIDRAP News) – With a Dec 12 deadline approaching, fewer than 20% of food establishments that must register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under new regulations for protecting the US food supply have done so, FDA officials said yesterday.

Nov 11, 2003

Nov 11, 2003

USDA will issue temporary permits to handle 'select agents'

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government has moved to allow individuals and groups to continue working with certain hazardous biological agents beyond the Nov 12 deadline for complying with new registration rules while the government completes background checks on those groups.

Oct 17, 2003

Oct 17, 2003

FDA reports progress on tests for food contamination

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration today announced the release of a report to Congress on its progress toward developing faster tests to detect food contamination.

Sep 23, 2003

Sep 23, 2003

Johns Hopkins biodefense experts head in new direction

(CIDRAP News) – The leaders of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies (CCBS) in Baltimore, probably the nation's best-known biodefense policy institute, announced last week that they are leaving Johns Hopkins to launch a new biosecurity center with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Jul 23, 2003

Jul 23, 2003

Increased research, import checks lead list of FDA food security steps

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cited a new $5 million fund for food security research and a five-fold increase in food import inspections as the latest examples of its efforts to improve the security of the nation's food supply.

The agency made the announcement as it released an 18-page progress report on its food security efforts since Sep 11, 2001.

Jun 30, 2003

Jun 30, 2003

First responders called unprepared for terrorist attacks

(CIDRAP News) – Despite progress in the past 2 years, local emergency response agencies in the United States remain dangerously unprepared for major terrorist attacks, according to a new study by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank.

May 06, 2003

May 06, 2003

FDA proposes food record-keeping rules under bioterrorism law

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed rules that would require most food-related businesses to keep detailed records on all food products so that the government could trace a product's path through production and distribution in case of a contamination episode, the FDA announced today.

Mar 19, 2003

Mar 19, 2003

U.S. raises terrorism alert, steps up food and health security

(CIDRAP News) – Citing the likelihood of war with Iraq within days, federal officials have raised the terrorism alert level to "high" and launched "Operation Liberty Shield," a set of protective measures that includes increased food security and public health vigilance.

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