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Feb 25, 2009

Feb 25, 2009

Salmonella outbreak strain found in Texas plant

(CIDRAP News) – More evidence that the Salmonella strain responsible for a nationwide outbreak was present in two widely separated Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) facilities surfaced yesterday when Texas officials announced they had found the contaminant in a product from PCA's Plainview, Tex., processing plant.

Feb 18, 2009

Feb 18, 2009

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 outbreaks, lab workers cleared, pan flu vaccine, veterinarian shortage, Salmonella update, MRSA in ICUs

Editor's note: The item on the Salmonella outbreak was revised Feb 19 to correct information on case numbers for specific states.

Feb 17, 2009

Feb 17, 2009

FDA reports Salmonella in peanut butter tied to Texas plant

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered additional evidence today that the Peanut Corp of America (PCA) plant in Blakely, Ga., may not be the only PCA facility that has contributed to the nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products.

Feb 16, 2009

Feb 16, 2009

Colorado illnesses may be linked to Texas peanut plant

(CIDRAP News) – A news report over the weekend linked six Salmonella cases in Colorado to peanut butter made from peanuts produced by Peanut Corp. of America's (PCA's) plant in Plainview, Tex., but the natural-foods retail chain that made the peanut butter says tests have found no contamination in samples.

Feb 11, 2009

Feb 11, 2009

Company officials silent as lawmakers air Salmonella outbreak

(CDRAP News) – Angry Congress members vowed to give federal food safety regulators more power today as executives from the peanut processing company linked to the nationwide Salmonella outbreak refused to answer questions at a committee hearing.

Feb 09, 2009

Feb 09, 2009

FDA says firm sold peanut products before test results

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recently amended their inspection report on the peanut processing plant tied to the current nationwide Salmonella outbreak to say that in a number of cases the company shipped products before getting test results, rather than after getting conflicting results on successive tests.

Feb 06, 2009

Feb 06, 2009

NEWS SCAN: Avian and seasonal flu, Salmonella outbreak, flu-related pneumonia, E coli

(CIDRAP News) – Today we are launching a new daily News Scan to help our readers keep up with the full range of current and noteworthy developments in emerging infectious diseases, biosecurity, foodborne diseases, influenza, other public health threats, and relevant policy issues.

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