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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.

Oct 09, 2003

Oct 09, 2003

FDA issues rules on food shipments, registration

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced final rules designed to make the nation's food supply more secure by requiring food companies to register with the FDA and to give advance notice of imported food shipments.

Aug 05, 2003

Aug 05, 2003

Federal government announces new guidelines for food safety/security

(CIDRAP News) – New safety and security guidelines for transporters and distributors of meat, poultry, and eggs to keep the products safe from intentional or unintentional contamination have been issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the US Department of Agriculture. Similar guidelines were issued to food processors in May 2002.

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 21, 2003

Mar 21, 2003

Federal regulators may need more authority to assess food security, GAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal food regulators should consider asking Congress for authority to gather information about security measures at food processing plants so they can better assess industry efforts to protect food from deliberate contamination, according to a new report by Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO).

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