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Most tests for foodborne contamination are designed to detect one pathogen at a time.
Canadians refer to it simply as “the Maple Leaf outbreak.”
The FDA failed to take into account risks to pregnant women and children when it issued reports indicating that Gulf seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, suggests a new article by researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that appeared in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Features: FDA Grants to Fund Food Safety Training
Grants to seven educational institutions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will fund food safety training programs to help improve responses to foodborne illness outbreaks and other events, according to officials at grant recipient institutions.
The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) received a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help strengthen interagency collaboration in the national food safety system, the AFDO announced.
Features: 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.
Features: 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).
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.
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.
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.