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Oct 18, 2011

Listeria Death Toll Continues to Climb

The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak traced to tainted cantaloupe has claimed the lives of at least 25 people and sickened 98, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Oct. 18.

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Oct 18, 2011

Bill Aims to Reform USDA Oversight

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation designed to reform food safety oversight within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Oct 03, 2011

Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Deadliest in U.S. in a Decade

At least 15 people had died and more than 84 have been sickened as the result of a Listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupes from Colorado-based Jensen Farms.

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Oct 03, 2011

International Food Safety Training Lab Holds Inaugural Courses

Sept. 12 marked the first training session held at the International Food Safety Training Laboratory at the University of Maryland in College Park, the world’s first and only permanent food safety lab to offer hands-on lab training in detection methods, along with lessons on regulatory standards.

Sep 26, 2011

Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Decline Slightly

Outbreaks of foodborne illness reported in 2008 declined by about 10% when compared with the annual average for 2003-2007, according to the latest annual report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on surveillance of foodborne disease outbreaks. The average number of outbreaks reported for 2003-2007 was 1,151, compared with 1,034 for 2008.

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Sep 26, 2011

USDA Bans Six More Strains of E. Coli

Ground beef tainted with any of six additional strains of E. coli. besides the already-banned 0157:H7 will be banned from sale in the U.S., according to a new rule issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on September 13.

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Sep 16, 2011

Unusual Lawsuit May Pose Hazards

In the wake of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on cantaloupe imports from Guatemala after a Salmonella outbreak earlier this year, Florida-based Del Monte Fresh Produce has filed suit against the FDA in federal court to get the alert lifted.

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Sep 16, 2011

Kids Get Call to Fight for Food Safety

The next foodborne illness outbreak may be solved or thwarted by a 12-year-old.

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Sep 12, 2011

Foodborne Pathogens May Lurk Within Produce

If produce is tainted with contaminated soil or water, pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella may be present throughout the tissues of the plant, rendering ineffective traditional sanitation methods that focus on the outside of produce.

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Sep 12, 2011

Food Safety Funding Progresses

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Sept. 7 approved several appropriations bills for fiscal year 2012, including bills to fund programs overseen by its Agriculture Subcommittee, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

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