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Aug 30, 2002

Aug 30, 2002

Produce protection spawns new products

(CIDRAP News) – As foodborne diseases increase, innovations for improving food safety are sure to follow. And, in fact, such practices are already showing up in grocery stores and at food science institutions around the country.

Aug 29, 2002

Aug 29, 2002

Chloramphenicol found in honey imported from China

(CIDRAP News) Ð Low levels ofchloramphenicol, a potentially harmful antibiotic that cannot legally be addedto food, have been found in honey imported from China, federal officialsannounced yesterday.

Aug 23, 2002

Aug 23, 2002

E coli outbreak linked with visits to dairy farm

Aug 23 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection has been linked with visits to a Pennsylvania dairy and petting farm that allowed public access to animals. Findings of the extensive scientific investigation of the outbreak are reported in the Aug 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article highlights the need to consider zoonotic transmission during searches for the source of such outbreaks.

Aug 16, 2002

Aug 16, 2002

Consumers often underestimate the importance of safe produce handling

(CIDRAP News) - Fresh produce is not generally considered a common source of foodborne illness but, in fact, the incidence of this problem is on the upswing, according to results of a survey published in the August issue of the Journal of Food Protection. In recent years, the number of cases of illness linked with eating fruits and vegetables has risen from 2% to about 8% of reported cases.

Aug 13, 2002

Aug 13, 2002

Typhoid fever outbreak in Florida linked with frozen fruit drink

(CIDRAP News) – When epidemiologists at Miami–Dade County Health Department noted an unusual rise in the incidence of typhoid fever during the winter of 1998-99, they faced a mystery. According to a report by Dolores J. Katz and associates in the Jul 15 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the clues to the source of the outbreak represented a new arena for public health surveillance.

Aug 09, 2002

Aug 09, 2002

Salmonellosis outbreak reported in Transplant Games attendees

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to tomatoes affected at least 141 people, including 48 organ transplant recipients, who attended the US Transplant Games in Florida in late June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday.

Aug 07, 2002

Aug 07, 2002

Pesticide-laced salt at restaurant sickened 107, stumped investigators

(CIDRAP News) – Restaurant food that was contaminated, probably deliberately, with a pesticide made 107 people sick and puzzled epidemiologic investigators for 4 months in 1998 and 1999, according to a report in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assocation.

Aug 05, 2002

Aug 05, 2002

E coli outbreak tied to ConAgra beef recall reaches 34 cases, with 1 death

(CIDRAP News) – The Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked with ground beef from ConAgra Beef in Greeley, Colo., has grown to 34 cases and claimed the life of an elderly woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 02, 2002

Aug 02, 2002

Lettuce blamed in E coli O157:H7 outbreak affecting dozens in Washington state

(CIDRAP News) – At least 32 people suffered Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in a July outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce distributed in the Spokane, Wash., area, according to local and federal health officials.

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