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Features: Organization Will Help Strengthen Food Safety Coordination

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.

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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).

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Features: 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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Features: 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.

Features: 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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Features: 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.

Features: A Recipe for Hand Hygiene Process Control

Process control drives almost all food safety measures, with the exception of handwashing and hand hygiene. These remain a frontier without meaningful, measureable, and manageable standards.

Features: Eye on China

Glow-in-the-dark pork. Exploding watermelons. These recent oddities from China might seem comical were it not for the country’s abysmal food safety record, which includes deaths and illnesses caused by melamine-laced baby formula, Salmonella-tainted seafood, and clenbuterol-treated pork.

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Features: 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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