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Jan 11, 2002

Jan 11, 2002

Five-state survey finds antibiotic-resistant enterococci in ground pork

(CIDRAP News) – A recent analysis of ground pork in grocery stores in five states showed that 4% of the samples contained enterococci with high-level resistance to gentamicin, an antibiotic used to treat enterococcal infections in humans. In addition, most Enterococcus faecium isolates were resistant to quinupristin-dalfopristin (Synercid), a streptogramin antibiotic used to treat infections caused by vancomycin-resistant E faecium.

Jan 09, 2002

Jan 09, 2002

FDA provides food industry with guidelines to prevent tampering

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two sets of guidelines designed to help food-related businesses of all kinds prevent food contamination and tampering by criminals or terrorists.

Jan 07, 2002

Jan 07, 2002

New nuclear medicine technique shows promise for early diagnosis of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – A new nuclear medicine technique using a radioisotope-labeled antibody has shown enough promise for early diagnosis of anthrax infection to gain the Food and Drug Administration's approval for a clinical trial, according to a recent report in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Jan 04, 2002

Jan 04, 2002

Public could play positive role in response to bioterrorism, experts say

(CIDRAP News) – Experience suggests that public health authorities should treat the public as a key partner in responding to bioterrorist attacks, rather than as a potential source of panic and chaos, say two commentators writing in the Jan 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Jan 02, 2002

Jan 02, 2002

Anthrax vaccine option has few takers so far

Jan 2, 2001 (CIDRAP News) – Aside from Capitol Hill staff members, only 52 of more than 3,500 people who have been offered the anthrax vaccine because of the recent mail attacks have decided to take it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dec 21, 2001

Dec 21, 2001

FDA completes inspection of anthrax vaccine plant; company expects approval

Dec 4, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – Thousands of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspect imported food under an agreement signed yesterday, according to the FDA.

Dec 21, 2001

Congress approves $2.5 billion for bioterrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In a flurry of pre-adjournment activity yesterday, Congress appropriated about $2.5 billion for bioterrorism preparedness, including $1 billion for state and local efforts, according to an aide to Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

Dec 21, 2001

FDA completes inspection of anthrax vaccine plant; company expects approval

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed a new inspection of BioPort Corp., the only US manufacturer of the anthrax vaccine, and a company official is predicting approval of the facility after a few remaining concerns are ironed out.

Dec 20, 2001

Dec 20, 2001

USDA will continue to use Salmonella tests to assess meat plant safety

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will continue to test meat for Salmonella to confirm that meat processors' food safety systems are adequate, despite a court ruling that Salmonella tests can't be used to shut down a plant, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced this week.

Dec 19, 2001

Dec 19, 2001

Anthrax vaccine to be offered to postal and Capitol workers

(CIDRAP News) – Because of a small theoretical risk that anthrax spores can hide in the lungs for up to 100 days and grow after antibiotic treatment is stopped, the anthrax vaccine and an extension of antibiotic treatment will be offered to people who may have been exposed in the recent anthrax attacks, federal health officials announced yesterday afternoon.

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