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Jan 17, 2002

Jan 17, 2002

National panel on food safety criteria to meet Jan 22-25

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella standards for meat and poultry will be among several topics on the table when the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) meets Jan 22 to 25 in Washington, DC.

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.

Mar 21, 2002

Mar 21, 2002

Under farm bill, 'pasteurization' could replace 'irradiation' on food labels

(CIDRAP News) – The 2002 farm bill now before a House-Senate conference committee could change the marketing landscape for irradiated foods by allowing food processors to take the term "irradiation" off labels and replace it with "pasteurization."

Apr 26, 2002

Apr 26, 2002

USDA says Salmonella in meat and poultry is declining; further control steps planned

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella contamination of raw meat and poultry has dropped substantially since the inspection system known as Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) debuted in 1998, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Jun 13, 2002

Jun 13, 2002

New bioterrorism law aims to boost public health, guard food and water

(CIDRAP News) – President George W. Bush yesterday signed a far-reaching bioterrorism bill designed to strengthen the public health system, tighten controls on dangerous pathogens, and protect the nation’s food and water supplies.

 

Jun 28, 2002

Jun 28, 2002

USDA to test 'advanced meat recovery' products for spinal cord tissue

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that it will begin using laboratory testing to ensure that beef products from mechanical "advanced meat recovery" (AMR) systems are free of spinal cord tissue.

Jul 19, 2002

Jul 19, 2002

ConAgra recalls 18 million pounds of ground beef because of E coli O157:H7 risk

(CIDRAP News) – ConAgra Foods is voluntarily recalling 18 million pounds of ground beef from a plant in Greeley, Colo., as a result of 16 cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection linked with meat from the plant, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials announced today.

The action, one of the largest ground beef recalls on record, is an expansion of a 354,000-pound voluntary recall that USDA announced Jun 30.

Jul 25, 2002

Jul 25, 2002

Wyoming health official named head of USDA food safety agency

(CIDRAP News) – Garry L. McKee, PhD, MPH, director of the Wyoming Department of Health, has been named administrator of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Sep 20, 2002

Sep 20, 2002

Listeriosis outbreak in Pennsylvania under investigation

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are trying to identify the source of a listeriosis outbreak that has involved at least 26 cases, with four deaths, in Pennsylvania and neighboring states in recent weeks.

Sep 27, 2002

Sep 27, 2002

USDA says ground beef plants must add safety measures targeting E coli

(CIDRAP News) – Citing evidence of increased Escherichia coli O157:H7 on beef carcasses, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that beef slaughter and grinding plants will be required to add safety steps aimed specifically at the pathogen.

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