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Oct 24, 2002

Oct 24, 2002

Experts call for national plan to cope with agricultural bioterrorism

(CIDRAP News) – A large-scale bioterrorist attack on US agriculture would probably not lead to famine or malnutrition, but it could damage the economy, public health, and public confidence in the food system, according to a report recently released by the National Academies' National Research Council.

Oct 23, 2002

Oct 23, 2002

Irradiated ground beef makes headway in nation's supermarkets

(CIDRAP News) – Irradiated ground beef has been showing up in more and more American supermarkets this year, with at least a dozen chains representing thousands of stores now stocking it, according to reports from the Minnesota Beef Council and other industry sources.

Oct 18, 2002

Oct 18, 2002

ACIP suggests which hospital workers need smallpox shots; total could reach 500,000

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) amended its June 2002 recommendations on smallpox vaccinations for healthcare workers this week in an effort to ensure that the healthcare system will have enough immunized people to deal with a smallpox outbreak.

Oct 16, 2002

Oct 16, 2002

Contact vaccinia risk was low in 1960s but could be higher today

(CIDRAP News) – In the 1960s, the rate of vaccinia virus transmission from people newly vaccinated against smallpox to nonimmunized people was low, but the rate could be higher today because of medical differences between populations then and now, according to a new analysis by smallpox experts.

Oct 15, 2002

Oct 15, 2002

After massive recall, testing at poultry plant implies link to listeriosis outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials announced today that three environmental samples taken from a Pennsylvania poultry processing plant contained a Listeria strain matching that of patients in the current listeriosis outbreak in the Northeast. The announcement came 3 days after the company expanded its recall of turkey and chicken products from the original 295,000 pounds to a record-setting 27.4 million pounds.

Oct 11, 2002

Oct 11, 2002

FDA invites companies to propose substitutes for 'irradiation' on food labels

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that companies can petition the agency for permission to use terms like "electronic pasteurization" in place of "irradiation" on the labeling for irradiated foods.

Oct 10, 2002

Oct 10, 2002

Listeria -related turkey recall by Pennsylvania firm not linked to outbreak

(CIDRAP News) Ð A Pennsylvania company is recalling 295,000 pounds of ready-to-eat turkey and chicken because of possible Listeria contamination, but the recalled products have not been linked to the recent rash of listeriosis cases in the Northeast, federal health officials announced yesterday.

Oct 09, 2002

Oct 09, 2002

Medical societies not jumping on bandwagon for mass smallpox vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Two leading medical societies this week urged caution on proposals for smallpox immunization for the public, days after federal health officials expressed qualified support for the idea.

Oct 09, 2002

Oct 09, 2002

Commentary: Blame the public health system for prolonging listeriosis outbreak

On August 30, 2002 (day 0), the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that it was investigating an apparent outbreak of listeriosis involving 20 cases

Oct 09, 2002

CDC suspects turkey meat in listeriosis outbreak, now at 43 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials say they believe deli turkey meat is the source of a listeriosis outbreak that dates back to midsummer and has grown to 43 cases in seven states, but they have not specified the source of the meat.

The outbreak stood at 43 cases in Pennsylvania and six other states yesterday, with seven deaths and three miscarriages or stillbirths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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