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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.

Oct 16, 2003

Oct 16, 2003

BSE expert says Japanese case implies larger outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The recent finding of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a 23-month-old bull in Japan suggests that Japan may have more cases of the disease than previously suspected, according to a University of Minnesota expert on the disease.

Aug 11, 2003

Aug 11, 2003

US, Mexico ease ban on Canadian beef

Editor's Note: This article, originally published Aug 11, was updated on Aug 12 to include new information from Mexico.

Jul 25, 2003

Jul 25, 2003

Canada details rules to keep BSE agent out of food

(CIDRAP News) – Following up on an announcement made last week, the Canadian government yesterday published new regulations designed to keep materials potentially contaminated with the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent out of the food supply.

Jul 24, 2003

Jul 24, 2003

Canada moves to shield food supply from BSE-infected material

(CIDRAP News) – In the first regulatory change triggered by Canada's recent case of mad cow disease, the Canadian government announced last week that certain high-risk parts of cattle, including the brain and spinal cord, will have to be removed from carcasses at the time of slaughter.

Jul 11, 2003

Jul 11, 2003

FDA says feed plant broke anti-BSE rule

(CIDRAP News) – A feed plant in Tacoma, Wash., has admitted violating regulations intended to prevent the spread of mad cow disease and has promised to correct the problem, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today.

Jul 03, 2003

Jul 03, 2003

Report: US cattle or feed might have brought BSE to Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Canada's official report on its response to the mad cow disease case in Alberta suggests that the case might have resulted from the importation of American cattle or contaminated feed into Canada, among other possibilities.

Jul 01, 2003

Jul 01, 2003

Experts recommend bolstering BSE precautions in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – A team of experts who reviewed Canada's response to the recent mad cow disease case in Alberta recommended last week that Canada increase its efforts to ensure that high-risk parts of cattle do not end up in either human food or animal feed.

Jun 10, 2003

Jun 10, 2003

BSE hunt in Canada winds down; no new cases found

(CIDRAP News) – The hunt for additional cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada is winding down after uncovering no evidence of the disease in about 2,700 cattle, Canadian officials announced yesterday.

Jun 06, 2003

Jun 06, 2003

Canadian bulls shipped to US deemed unlikely to pose BSE risk

(CIDRAP News) – Five bulls having possible links to the Canadian cow that had mad cow disease were shipped into the United States, but it is unlikely that any of the bulls were infected with the disease, US officials said this week.

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