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Sep 15, 2004

Sep 15, 2004

Postal Service urged to hone plans for coping with anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the most important lesson gleaned from examining the anthrax exposures in US Postal Service (USPS) facilities in 2001 is that agencies must err on the side of caution to protect people from uncertain and potentially life-threatening risks.

Oct 21, 2004

Oct 21, 2004

GAO says USDA, FDA should improve food recalls

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserted this week that weaknesses in the government's systems for handling food recalls increase the risk that consumers will buy and eat unsafe food.

Apr 18, 2005

Apr 18, 2005

GAO questions anthrax detection methods

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says federal agencies may not be able to reliably rule out the presence of anthrax contamination in a building because their sampling and detection methods have not been adequately tested.

Apr 26, 2005

Apr 26, 2005

GAO faults FDA handling of BSE-linked feed ban

(CIDRAP News) – Despite some improvements since 2002, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) enforcement of rules to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from spreading through cattle feed still has serious gaps, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported recently.

Dec 01, 2005

Dec 01, 2005

Produce linked to more disease cases than poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Contaminated vegetables and fruits caused more cases of disease in recent years than poultry, eggs, or other food groups did, according to a recent report by the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

May 11, 2006

May 11, 2006

New anthrax vaccine for US stockpile to be delayed

(CIDRAP News) – VaxGen Inc., maker of a new anthrax vaccine for the US civilian stockpile, announced yesterday that delivery of the first doses will be delayed at least a year beyond the original target date of November 2006.

Nov 06, 2006

Nov 06, 2006

FDA orders delay of anthrax vaccine trial

(CIDRAP News) – VaxGen Inc., which is developing a new anthrax vaccine for the US civilian stockpile, announced last week it was postponing the latest clinical trial because of potential problems with the vaccine's shelf life.

Dec 15, 2006

Dec 15, 2006

Congress passes public health preparedness bill

(CIDRAP News) – Just before adjourning on Dec 9, the US Congress passed a bill to establish a new biodefense research and development agency and tune up the nation's public health emergency preparedness programs in a number of other ways.

Mar 07, 2007

Mar 07, 2007

USDA plans risk-based meat inspection system

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recently proposed a timetable to begin implementing a new meat and poultry inspection system designed to reduce foodborne illnesses by focusing more attention on high-risk facilities and those with poor safety records.

May 02, 2007

May 02, 2007

GAO says financial markets not ready for a pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from Congress' Government Accountability Office (GAO) says key organizations that are the backbone of the US financial industry need to do more to prepare for an influenza pandemic and urges federal regulators to set deadlines for them to complete pandemic plans.

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