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Aug 23, 2012

Aug 23, 2012

Cantaloupe farm named in Salmonella outbreak probe

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late yesterday identified the Indiana farm linked to a multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that has grown to 178 people in 21 states, and the cantaloupe grower followed with a recall.

The grower, Chamberlain Farms, based in Owensville, released its recall notice yesterday as well.

Jul 30, 2012

Jul 30, 2012

2011 brought little change in foodborne disease incidence

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of illnesses caused by the most common foodborne pathogens, with the exception of Escherichia coli O157:H7, has stayed about the same or increased a bit over the past few years, according to 2011 data released by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC).

Jul 12, 2012

Jul 12, 2012

FDA: Sequencing project will help solve foodborne outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that a big genome sequencing project it is launching with private and public partners will help speed up the identification of bacteria that cause foodborne disease outbreaks.

May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012

Journal supplement drills down into FoodNet data

(CIDRAP News) – In a special journal supplement today, federal officials reported that progress is slowing in the battle against the six most common foodborne diseases, among a raft of other findings.

Jan 11, 2012

Jan 11, 2012

Auditor gave cantaloupe farm high marks before Listeria outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A private food-safety auditor gave Jensen Farms in Colorado a "superior" rating a few weeks before cantaloupes from the farm were linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak, according to a report from a US House committee.

Jan 03, 2012

Jan 03, 2012

New study puts cost of US foodborne illness at $77 billion

(CIDRAP News) – Although the estimated annual toll of foodborne illnesses and deaths in the United States was revised sharply downward by federal officials in 2010, foodborne disease still costs the nation up to $77.7 billion a year, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Protection.

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