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Dec 07, 2006

Dec 07, 2006

FDA joins probe as E coli outbreak widens

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday it was joining the probe of a growing Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast.

Dec 01, 2006

Dec 01, 2006

Second Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes

Editor's note: The Salmonella serotype involved in this outbreak was incorrectly listed as Norfolk in this story when first published.

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials are investigating a second Salmonella outbreak linked to restaurant tomatoes that occurred over the summer and early fall, sickening 106 people in 19 states.

Nov 22, 2006

Nov 22, 2006

Salmonella enteritidis on the rise in chickens

(CIDRAP News) – Sampling by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the last 5 years has shown a fourfold increase in the number of broiler chicken carcasses contaminated with Salmonella enterica serotype enteritidis, a strain previously associated mainly with eggs.

Nov 03, 2006

Nov 03, 2006

Tomatoes confirmed as source of Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials said today they have zeroed in on restaurant tomatoes as the cause of a recent nationwide Salmonella outbreak.

Nov 01, 2006

Nov 01, 2006

Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators have turned up few solid leads in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 171 people in 19 states, but some food safety experts are suggesting that contaminated tomatoes and infected food service workers might have played a role.

Aug 04, 2006

Aug 04, 2006

FDA has new test for possible bioterror agents

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is developing a technology that can identify real or fake bioterrorism agents faster and more cheaply than existing methods.

The technique uses mass spectrometry to sort out different species and strains of bacteria and distinguish them from inert substances such as flour and cornstarch, often used in bioterrorism hoaxes, the FDA said in a news release yesterday.

Jul 21, 2006

Jul 21, 2006

More Salmonella cases tied to frozen chicken entrees

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of two outbreaks of Salmonella infection involving 29 cases, Minnesota health officials are warning the public to be careful when cooking frozen, pre-browned chicken entrees.

The outbreaks prompted state health and agriculture officials yesterday to "strongly advise" people not to cook stuffed chicken entrees in microwave ovens because of the risk of uneven and incomplete cooking.

Jul 13, 2006

Jul 13, 2006

Seed treatment may make sprouts safer

(CIDRAP News) – A chemical sanitizer now used in contact lens solutions and toothpaste may help solve the problem of keeping pathogens like Salmonella and Escherichia coli out of edible sprouts, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

Jun 30, 2006

Jun 30, 2006

Pet treats may carry Salmonella, CDC warns

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health authorities are warning that people should be careful with pet treats in the wake of a series of human Salmonella infections linked with treats made from raw salmon and beef.

Apr 26, 2006

Apr 26, 2006

Antibacterial bacteria may be used in ground beef

(CIDRAP News) – Food stores may soon be able to offer ground beef and other meat products treated with a mixture of harmless bacteria that reportedly can reduce common pathogens by 99% or more.

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