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Feb 03, 2015

Feb 03, 2015
Pills and money

Infectious-disease programs fare well in Obama's 2016 budget

Highlights include funds for antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism preparedness, and a unified food safety agency.

Sep 12, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

News Scan for Sep 12, 2013

Dengue cases in Florida
Health departments and the recession
European foodborne disease
C diff, MRSA treatments

Feb 13, 2012

Feb 13, 2012

Proposed US budget taps prevention funds, leans on user fees

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama administration today proposed a fiscal year 2013 budget that would use prevention funds to cover some preparedness and public health activities and count on user fees to support more of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) food safety initiatives.

Dec 20, 2011

Dec 20, 2011

Preparedness report card spells out programs at risk for cuts

(CIDRAP News) – Public health programs that detect and respond to bioterror events and disease outbreaks are at risk from federal and state budget cuts, a threat that could worsen over the next year if automatic across-the-board cuts kick in, according to an annual preparedness report card released today.

Sep 30, 2011

Sep 30, 2011

FDA plan aims to improve food safety at retail outlets

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a "Retail Food Safety Action Plan" aiming to improve how food facilities manage their food safety efforts and how public health agencies oversee them.

The plan calls for strengthening state and local food safety requirements for retail facilities and improving training for their workers, the FDA said in an e-mail statement yesterday.

Sep 14, 2011

Sep 14, 2011

Nation's first public health department accreditation launched

(CIDRAP News) – Public health officials today announced the launch of the first national accreditation program for health departments, a move designed to create a voluntary national standard to measure and improve the performance across a range of health departments, from local to state.

The group of national and local leaders made the announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Jun 21, 2011

Jun 21, 2011

NACCHO: Local health departments lost 6,000 jobs in 2010

(CIDRAP News) – Hard-pressed local health departments (LHDs) shed another 6,000 jobs through layoffs and attrition in 2010, bringing the total job losses over the past 3 years to 29,000, according to a survey report from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Nov 30, 2010

Nov 30, 2010

Senate passes food safety overhaul by wide margin

(CIDRAP News) – Ending months of delay, a large bipartisan majority in the US Senate today passed a bill that aims to make the nation's food supply safer by giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority over food producers and requiring large producers and processors to develop detailed food safety plans.

Nov 17, 2010

Nov 17, 2010

Senate takes up long-stalled food safety bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US Senate voted today to clear the way for floor debate of a major bill to strengthen federal regulation of food safety, keeping alive a chance of passage before this Congress adjourns in December.

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