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2009 a mixed year for food-borne pathogens – USATODAY.com

Some frequently asked questions about E. coli: Q: What is Escherichia coli, or E. coli?A: E. coli are common, normally benign intestinal bacteria found in humans and animals, but the O157:H7 strain produces a powerful toxin that can cause bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and in some cases death. The O157 bacteria is virulent and tough […]

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TH – Opinion Article: Senate must address food safety laws

If millions of Americans getting sick from unsafe foods isn’t motivation enough for the Senate to pass food safety legislation, maybe money would be a stronger incentive. A study released in March estimated the economic impact of food-borne illness. The results were more dizzying than some of the stomach bugs unsafe food causes. Conducted by […]

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Senate vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act Planned Next Week

S.510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Vote planned for the week of April 12 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to expand the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to regulate food, including by authorizing the Secretary to suspend the […]

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Meat processors worried over proposed safety rules

From The DesMoines Register: Washington, D.C. — Federal regulators are proposing new meat testing requirements that small processors say would impose staggering new costs and force businesses to drop products or go out of business.The U.S. Agriculture Department says the new rules are needed to ensure that meat lockers are keeping dangerous bacteria out of […]

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FDA food safety inspections and enforcement declining, auditors say

The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had inspected fewer than half of the 51,229 domestic food facilities subject to inspection from 2004 to 2008. Less than a quarter were inspected each year, and the number of inspections declined during the period, even as the […]

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New Report emphasizes need for Food Safety Reform Now

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement today regarding a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspections of domestic food facilities. “This new report shows what we have feared for too long: that that our domestic food facilities are […]

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FDA Seeks Comments on Fresh Produce Standards

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the opening of a docket to obtain information about current practices and conditions for the production and packing of fresh produce. FDA is establishing this docket in order to provide an opportunity for interested parties to provide information and share views that will inform the development of […]

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Pending Food Safety Bill to require regular inspections

A major food-safety bill pending on Capitol Hill would require regular inspections for all food facilities and give the FDA significant new enforcement powers. The bill easily passed the House in July but has been stuck in the Senate. Food-safety laws have not changed markedly since 1938, when Congress gave the FDA the power to […]

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