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Mar 05, 2002

Mar 05, 2002

Bill would ban use of many antibiotics in healthy food animals

Note: This story was updated Mar 6, 2002, with the addition of information about comments from a group that opposes the proposed legislation.

(CIDRAP News) — To slow the growth of bacterial resistance to drugs, Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has introduced a bill to ban the use of eight types of antibiotics in healthy food animals and halt all use of fluoroquinolones in poultry.

Mar 04, 2002

Mar 04, 2002

Salad blamed for unusual meningitis outbreak in travelers to Jamaica

An NEJM article reports that an outbreak of eosinophilic meningitis in a group of Americans who dined at a Jamaican restaurant marked the first known outbreak of infection with the rat lungworm in the Western Hemisphere.

Feb 28, 2002

Feb 28, 2002

GAO says US barriers to mad cow disease are full of holes

Note: This story was updated March 1, 2002, to include additional information about recent federal actions to prevent mad cow disease.

Feb 26, 2002

Feb 26, 2002

Food safety can never be perfect, but specific goals would help, says report

(CIDRAP News) – There is no complete fix for the problem of foodborne illness, but a comprehensive, farm-to-table approach with specific targets for limiting pathogenic contamination would improve food safety, according to a new report by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Feb 25, 2002

Feb 25, 2002

FDA to hold hearing on plan to bar enrofloxacin use in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Nearly a year and a half after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first proposed to stop the use of enrofloxacin (Baytril, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic) in poultry because of safety concerns, the agency says it plans to hold a public hearing on the proposal. The date of the hearing will be set at a prehearing conference on April 8.

Feb 11, 2002

Feb 11, 2002

USDA launches Web site for predicting behavior of foodborne pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up a new Web site to help food scientists develop and use mathematical models to predict how pathogenic bacteria in food will behave under varying environmental conditions.

Feb 11, 2002

Feb 11, 2002

Taiwan study shows spread of fluoroquinolone-resistant Salmonella from pigs to humans

(CIDRAP News) – A study from Taiwan shows a rapid increase in fluoroquinolone resistance in Salmonella enterica serotype choleraesuis in humans over the past 2 years and suggests that the resistant strain spread from pigs. The findings prompted the researchers to urge a ban on fluoroquinoline use in food animals.

Feb 07, 2002

Feb 07, 2002

Microbiologist named to USDA food safety position

(CIDRAP News) – Merle D. Pierson, PhD, a food microbiologist from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), has been appointed by Agriculture Secretary Anne M. Veneman as deputy under secretary for food safety in the US Department of Agriculture.

Feb 06, 2002

Feb 06, 2002

Proposed 2003 HHS budget includes a 45% boost in bioterrorism-related spending

(CIDRAP News) – The proposed 2003 budget for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) features a 45% increase in spending for bioterrorism preparedness, with research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) accounting for much of the increase.

Feb 05, 2002

Feb 05, 2002

Bush proposes $146 million increase in USDA funds to protect food supply

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration wants to provide the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) with an extra $146 million to protect the nation's food supply in fiscal 2003.

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