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Oct 12, 2011

Oct 12, 2011

Biodefense report card says US still unprepared

(CIDRAP News) – Though the United States has improved its ability to respond to small-scale bioterror events, it is still unprepared to protect its citizens against large attacks, according to the latest assessment today from a bipartisan commission established to advise Congress.

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 30, 2011

Sep 30, 2011

IOM: States, locals should decide where to store anthrax drugs

(CIDRAP News) – Positioning supplies of antibiotics in communities has been proposed as the next step to prepare for a Bacillus anthracis attack, and state and local public health officials are in the best position to determine where and how they should be stored, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) expert group reported today.

Sep 14, 2011

Sep 14, 2011

FDA unveils foodborne illness outbreak response network

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it has established a new streamlined system to respond more efficiently and quickly to human and animal foodborne illness outbreaks.

Sep 07, 2011

Sep 07, 2011

FDA partner starts work on food-tracing pilot projects

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that it is moving forward with two pilot projects designed to help public health investigators and companies more quickly and effectively trace foods.

The projects are part of a measure required by this year's FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which directs the agency to establish record-keeping standards for high-risk foods.

Sep 01, 2011

Sep 01, 2011

Public health leaders cite lessons of 2001 anthrax attacks

(CIDRAP News) – Public health leaders, recalling and reflecting on the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 in a lengthy report released today, say the nation is better prepared to respond to such an emergency than it was 10 years ago, but their confidence is tinged with fear of slipping backward in the current era of budget cutting.

Aug 30, 2011

Aug 30, 2011

As Del Monte plans to sue Oregon officials, epidemiologists react

(CIDRAP News) – Del Monte Fresh Produce, a company that recalled its cantaloupes in March after health investigators in several states linked them to a Salmonella Panama outbreak, said yesterday that is plans to sue Oregon Health Authority and one of its officials, claiming that the company's products were wrongly singled out.

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