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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.

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

Congress approves wide-ranging bioterrorism preparedness bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US House and Senate this week approved legislation providing for a wide range of bioterrorism preparedness measures, from funds for hospital preparedness to tracking of dangerous pathogens and increased inspections of imported food.

May 30, 2002

May 30, 2002

Food supply's vulnerability to attack deserves more discussion, Osterholm says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States' food supply makes an attractive target for terrorists, and people in the food industry need to talk more frankly about the risks, bioterrorism expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said in a Minneapolis speech yesterday.

May 31, 2002

May 31, 2002

USDA releases $43.4 million to help states combat animal, plant diseases

(CIDRAP News) – The release of $43.4 million in federal funds to help states detect and respond to animal and plant disease emergencies was announced yesterday by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman.

The money is a share of $328 million in homeland security funds that Congress and President Bush approved earlier this year for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA officials said in a news release.

Jul 17, 2002

Jul 17, 2002

Homeland security strategy report calls for numerous biodefense initiatives

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush's National Strategy for Homeland Security, released this week, lays out a lengthy agenda for defending the country against bioterrorism as well as other kinds of terrorist attacks.

Dec 11, 2002

Dec 11, 2002

HHS, USDA announce new rules on use of 'select agents'

(CIDRAP News) – Following up on two pieces of antiterrorism legislation, federal agencies have established new rules on the handling of biological agents and toxins that could endanger people, crops, or livestock.

Jan 06, 2003

Jan 06, 2003

Newcastle disease infiltrates Southern California poultry flocks

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has struck commercial poultry flocks in Southern California, causing quarantines in six counties and temporary Canadian and Mexican bans on poultry and poultry product imports from the area. Poultry is a $3 billion industry in California, and more than half the state's 12 million egg-producing hens are in the quarantine zone.

Feb 07, 2003

Feb 07, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease spreads out of California

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has continued to spread through southern California poultry flocks and has spilled over into Nevada and Arizona in recent weeks, prompting emergency declarations in both states.

Mar 13, 2003

Mar 13, 2003

WHO issues alert over atypical pneumonia outbreaks in Asia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization has issued an alert over outbreaks of severe respiratory illness, including atypical pneumonia, that it has been investigating since mid-February in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

Apr 11, 2003

Apr 11, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease turns up in West Texas

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been found in a backyard chicken flock near El Paso, Tex., prompting a ban on poultry movement in five Texas and New Mexico counties, Texas officials announced yesterday.

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