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Feb 05, 2002

Feb 05, 2002

Bush proposes $146 million increase in USDA funds to protect food supply

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration wants to provide the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) with an extra $146 million to protect the nation's food supply in fiscal 2003.

Feb 05, 2002

Feb 05, 2002

Trace of anthrax found at FCC facility points to cross-contaminated mail

(CIDRAP News) – Testing has shown that anthrax found in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mail-processing facility in Maryland last week was a tiny amount that probably came from cross-contaminated mail, the FCC announced yesterday.

Feb 01, 2002

Feb 01, 2002

HHS announces states' shares of bioterrorism preparedness funds

(CIDRAP News) – Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson yesterday detailed each state's share of more than $1 billion in bioterrorism preparedness funding and said states can start spending the first 20% of their shares immediately.

Feb 01, 2002

FDA clears BioPort to distribute anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – BioPort Corp of Lansing, Mich., yesterday received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin routine distribution of its anthrax vaccine after more than 3 years of effort to bring its operation up to federal standards.

"FDA is now satisfied that BioPort's renovated facility can produce a vaccine that meets FDA standards for safety and efficacy," the agency said in a news release.

Jan 31, 2002

Jan 31, 2002

Bioterrorist attack likely would force rationing of medical care, says CDC physician

(CIDRAP News) – A bioterrorist attack that caused mass casualties would very likely lead to shortages of medical resources, so preparedness planning must include a careful look at how to ration those resources fairly, an emergency medicine specialist told a conference audience in Minneapolis this week.

Jan 30, 2002

Jan 30, 2002

State health emergency laws aren't ready for bioterrorism, says expert

(CIDRAP News) – In view of the specter of bioterrorism, it's time to overhaul the hodgepodge of outdated, little-known, inconsistent state laws dealing with public health emergencies in the United States, an expert on the subject told a conference audience in Minneapolis yesterday.

Jan 28, 2002

Jan 28, 2002

Bush proposes five-fold rise in NIH bioterrorism research for 2003

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration says it will seek $1.5 billion for bioterrorism-related research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal 2003, a five-fold increase over the $300 million budgeted this year.

Jan 28, 2002

HHS to release $200 million in bioterrorism preparedness funds to states

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon release about 20% of the $1 billion in bioterrorism preparedness funding that is slated to go to states this year, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Jan 25.

Jan 25, 2002

Jan 25, 2002

CDC to evaluate anthrax postexposure treatment through interviews

(CIDRAP News) – Thousands of people who were potentially exposed to anthrax last fall will be interviewed over the next 8 weeks to assess the results of their postexposure antibiotic treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.

Jan 25, 2002

Global meeting to focus on measures for improving food safety

(CIDRAP News) – Food safety regulators and specialists from around the world will meet in Marrakech, Morocco, Jan 28 through 30 in what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the first global meeting dealing with methods to ensure food safety.

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