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Congress Requires Clear Allergen Labels
Legislation requiring food labels to identify allergens in easy-to-understand language cleared Congress Tuesday and headed for the president's signature. Sponsors said the bill would help protect 11 million food-allergic consumers. The House voted by voice to pass the bill, which also requires food ingredient statements to identify food allergens used in spices, natural or artificial flavorings and additives. The Senate approved the measure last March, and President Bush is expected to sign it.

Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., sponsor of the legislation, said labels that are incomplete or written in scientific jargon contribute to 200 deaths every year from allergic reactions, and 30,000 people requiring emergency treatment. ``If we do not take action to improve food labels, the numbers of deaths and food incidents will rise,'' she said.

The bill, authored in the Senate by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., requires labels to make clear which, if any, of the eight main food allergens -- milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat -- are contained in a product. It also requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track food allergy-related deaths.

Currently, Lowey said, the Food and Drug Administration approves such terms as ``whey,'' ``casein'' and ``lactoglobulin'' to indicate the presence of milk in a product, terms that many parents don't recognize and that can be particularly difficult for children to understand. Tim Willard, vice president of communications for the National Food Processors Association, said the bill was a ``step forward for uniform, clear and consumer-friendly food allergen labeling.''

The legislation also includes a second measure, promoted by Rep. Chip Pickering Jr., R-Miss., and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., that creates incentives for animal pharmaceutical makers to invest in drugs for so-called minor animals. The legislation is aimed at easing the process for FDA approval and making it economically feasible for drug companies to develop drugs for pet rabbits, sheep, deer, game birds and aquatic species.Sessions said it would be particularly beneficial to the catfish industry, which now has only six drugs approved for use. 7-20-04

The continual challenge of emerging infectious diseases
July 12, 2004
National Institute of Health
Emerging infectious diseases, which have shaped the course of humanity and caused incalculable suffering and death, will continue to confront society in unpredictable ways as long as humans and microbes co-exist, write authors from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health in a review article published in the July 8 issue of the journal Nature.
In their paper, the authors classify three types of emerging infections and consider methods for their control: newly emerging infections (e.g. HIV, SARS); re-emerging/resurging infections (e.g. influenza, West Nile virus); and deliberately emerging infections (e.g. microbes used for bioterror).
The authors note that emerging infectious diseases are superimposed on a constant backdrop of established infections. Approximately 15 million deaths in 2002 were directly attributable to infections, according to the World Health Organization. Tragically, the authors point out, the burden of all infections falls most heavily on those least able to manage them: people living in developing countries, especially infants and children, and indigenous and disadvantaged minorities in developed countries.
Why do infectious diseases emerge and re-emerge The viruses, bacteria and parasites that cause these diseases continually and sometimes dramatically change over time. The authors note that emergence results from dynamic interactions between rapidly evolving infectious agents and changes in the environment and in host behavior that provide such agents with favorable new ecological niches.As a result, new pathogens arise, and familiar ones re-emerge with new properties or in unfamiliar settings.
Historically, the authors write, the results have been devastating. For example, importation of smallpox into Central America caused 105 million deaths in 1520 521, effectively ending Aztec civilization. AIDS, first recognized in 1981, now threatens to surpass in global fatality the Black Death?of the 14th century and the influenza pandemic of 1918?919, two notable infections that emerged to each kill tens of millions of people.
In the past five years alone, two pathogens well known to countries on other continents were seen in the Unites States for the first time West Nile virus and monkeypox virus. In addition, a new infectious disease, SARS, emerged in 2003 and has since caused more than 8,000 cases of illness and nearly 800 deaths around the world. In addition, in 2001 the United States was confronted with a third, extremely disquieting category of threat: a disease resulting from the deliberate release of an infectious agent, anthrax, by a terrorist(s).
The authors write that an effective response to any new infectious disease threat, whether it emerges, re-emerges, or is deliberately introduced, involves mobilizing many different types of public health activities. In particular, frontline surveillance and response is critical and depends on rapid detection, clinical diagnosis and containment. Concomitantly, basic and applied research enables the development of medical countermeasures such as surveillance tools, diagnostic tests, vaccines and therapeutics. The authors note that these efforts have been accelerated by advances in fields such as genomics/proteomics, nanotechnology, direct and computational structural determination, immunology, and geographical information systems and satellite imaging.
Reference: DM Morens, GK Folkers and AS Fauci. The challenge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Nature 430: July 8, 2004.

NFPA applauds passage of Food Allergen Labeling Legislationby U.S. House of Representatives
July 21, 2004
From a press release
WASHINGTON--Following passage yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill providing for changes to the labeling of allergens in foods, John R. Cady, President and CEO of the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments:
"NFPA applauds the House passage of this bill, which already has been passed by the Senate. NFPA and a coalition of industry groups worked closely with both the House and Senate to provide input on this legislation, and urged its passage. While this legislation is not perfect, it is a step forward for uniform, clear, and consumer-friendly food allergen labeling. It will protect the food-allergic consumer, and assist their caregivers.
"The food industry has taken the lead role on providing information on allergens in foods -- in 'plain language' that can be easily understood by consumers -- through the labels on food products. In 2001, NFPA and the Food Allergy Issues Alliance -- composed of industry associations and consumer organizations -- created guidelines to help food processors diligently inform food-allergic consumers about the presence of major food allergens in their products in clear, simple language.
"This legislation is another step in the process of ensuring that food- allergic consumers, and caregivers for those with food allergies, are getting the information they need from the labels on food packages."

New foodborne diseases journal
July 2004
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- Special reports on agroterrorism and the safety of organically grown and genetically modified foods
- Emergence of drug resistance
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Organic baby food 'worst for toxins'
July 18, 2004
The Scotsman
Murdo Macleod
A damning new report by the UK Food Standards Agency was cited as finding that organic baby foods carry higher toxin levels than conventional products, and that while many parents are prepared to pay a premium of up to an extra 20p, or 30%, for a jar of organic food, the survey found that three of the top four products with the highest levels of toxins were organic, while none of the 10 baby foods with the lowest toxin levels had the organic label.
The story says that consumers¡¯ groups last night demanded clearer information on food to allow shoppers to make the best choices, while organic producers called for more research to allow them to avoid contaminated ingredients.
The food watchdog bought 124 samples of different brands of baby food. They were then tested for PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and dioxins, which are man-made pollutants present in the environment as a result of industrial processes.
While the study showed that toxins in the food were well within the levels recommended by scientists even for babies, they discovered that the amounts varied dramatically, even between products containing ostensibly similar ingredients.
And despite its clean and healthy reputation, organic food is no more free of toxins than conventionally produced baby food.
In all, four of the top 10 foods with the highest levels of toxins carried the organic label. Meanwhile, none of the 10 most toxin-free products was organic.
In one example, an organic shepherd¡¯s pie had 90 times the level of the chemicals of its non-organic equivalent.
In addition, while fish products have recently been the focus of considerable criticism over their levels of PCBs and dioxins, the only non-organic fish product tested had the lowest level of toxins, while the organic fish products were among the most affected by the chemicals.
Even within the same brands, organic products fared no better than ordinary foods.

Listeria can persist in stores and processing plants

July 16, 2004
Cornell University
Despite the efforts of food retailers and food-processing plant managers to maintain a clean, safe environment, strains of the deadly pathogen Listeria monocytogenes can persist for up to a year or longer, according to Cornell University food scientists in the latest issue of Journal of Food Protection (July 2004).
"This is disturbing because this points the finger at retail stores and some processors as a continuing source of food contamination," says Brian D. Sauders, a Cornell doctoral candidate in food science, who worked on the study with Martin Wiedmann, D.V.M., Cornell assistant professor of food science.
Sauders and Wiedmann examined specific strains of L. monocytogenes that had been found in 125 foods in 50 retail food stores and seven food-processing plants in New York state examined by inspectors of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The inspectors found the bacteria during routine surveys, sanitary inspections and as a result of consumer complaints between 1997 and 2002.
Listeria can cause listeriosis, a deadly disease that primarily affects pregnant women, newborn children, and adults with weakened immune systems. Each year in the United States about 2,500 people are infected, of which one-fifth die. Pasteurization and cooking kill the bacterium.
The foods in which Listeria was found included ready-to-eat delicatessen foods like ham, beef bologna, chicken, pastrami, roast beef and smoked fish. It also was found in hummus, imitation crab, cheeses and in foods requiring cooking before consumption, such as hot dogs and raw foods including beef, ground chuck, turkey, lobster tails and shrimp.
The bacterium was found directly on food in 47 of 50 retail food stores, including 20 food stores where the bacterium was found on several foods. When the 50 stores were re-inspected weeks, months or even a year later, about 34 percent had persistence of the same strains of Listeria. Of the seven food-processing plants where Listeria was found, three had persistent strains of the bacterium.
Wiedmann explains that food retailers have a harder time controlling for Listeria than do food processors. Food processors can control for people entering the plant, while retailers cannot always control the pathogens introduced by customers and employees. "Listeria is a very hardy organism. Even if you think you're doing a good job of cleaning and getting rid of Listeria, it is likely to return. Normal cleaning and even super cleaning does not always get rid of it. It's a tribute to Listeria's ability to survive," says Wiedmann.
The study is intended to help state health departments track the origins of listeriosis. "While our understanding of the ecology of [Listeria] has clearly improved over the last decade, considerable gaps still exist in our understanding of the transmission of human listeriosis. For example, our knowledge of the contributions of food contamination with Listeria at retail, at restaurants, and at home is extremely limited," writes Sauders in the study.
In addition to Sauders and Wiedmann, the article (titled "Distribution of Listeria monocytogenes Molecular Subtypes Among Human and Food Isolates from New York State Shows Persistence of Human Disease-Associated Listeria monocytogenes Strains in Retail Environments") was authored by Kurt Mangione, Curtis Vincent, Jon Schermerhorn and Claudette M. Farchione of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; Nellie B. Dumas and Dianna Bopp of the New York State Department of Health; Laura Kornstein of the New York City Department of Health; and Esther Fortes and Katy Windham of Cornell. Funding for the research came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

USDA to spot-check its mad cow testing program
WASHINGTON - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman was cited as saying in testimony prepared for Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. Agriculture Department will launch a nationwide review to make sure its stepped-up testing program for mad cow disease is being carried out properly, beginning on Thursday at USDA headquarters, "proceeding to regional and state offices later this month. Over a four to six week period, AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) will conduct on-site assessments of random locations where surveillance activities occur, with a report issued within four weeks afterward. sThese assessments will be on-going."

IAFP food safety awards
July 12, 2004
Herd On The Hill
Edited by Kiran Kernellu
The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) will present awards
recognizing excellence in food safety to the following organizations and
individuals at IAFP 2004, August 8-11, 2004.
The Black Pearl Award will be presented to NMA Member Jack in the Box, Inc. in
recognition of its outstanding achievement in corporate excellence in food
safety and quality. The Educator Award will be presented to Linda J. Harris,
University of California-Davis, Davis, California. Helen M. Piotter, Indiana
State Board of Animal Health, Macy, Indiana, will be presented the Sanitarian

Technology may provide protection from smuggled meats
July 15, 2004
Megan Sweas
A Worcestershire, England, company has developed X-ray machine software that would help officials detect items smuggled into the United Kingdom, such as illegal meat, according to published reports.
The software from Cargo Images Ltd. is linked up with existing airport X-ray systems and sends images of luggage taken at the point of departure to the plane's destination. This allows customs officials hours to examine incoming luggage while it is still in flight, according to Advantage West Midlands, a regional development agency that financed the project.
Suspicious bags or cases are identified with a handheld laser scanner so they can be manually inspected with the owner at the plane's destination.
The remote detection system has been tested on one route between a U.K. and an overseas airport. With 36,000 bags inspected, Advantage West Midlands said it was a great success and is ready to be installed on major international air routes that are sources of bushmeat smuggling.
Trade and importation of bushmeat, which includes smoked monkeys, gorilla heads, flying rats and endangered species, is prohibited by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and poses a danger to humans and livestock, as the meat is usually infected with disease.
"Our process is great news for British farmers and the government, who may still fear a repeat of the foot-and-mouth epidemic, which cost the country millions and was traced to an illegal meat import," said Mike Lamb, managing director of Cargo Images Ltd.

Fear of catching mad cow disease overblown: study
July 22, 2004
The Leader-Post (Regina)
Norma Greenaway
CanWest News Service
OTTAWA -- A new Statistics Canada study suggests, according to this story, that fears about getting the human version of mad cow disease could be wildly misplaced, considering there is no known case of someone contracting the disease in Canada.
Known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), it is the form of the illness associated with the consumption of BSE-infected beef. The report says there has been only one vCJD death in Canada and it involved a man who had been infected in Britain.
Heather Gilmour, an analyst with Statistics Canada, was quoted as saying in an interview that, "There have been no deaths from someone contracting the variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in Canada. As far as we know, there have been no people who have contracted the disease in Canada. ¡¦ But really, in context, it is a very rare disease, and maybe the attention given to it is a little extreme."
The report was quoted as saying that, "Between 1979 and 2001, Canadians were more likely to die from extreme cold or from falling off a ladder or scaffold than from CJD."
Deaths also are rare from so-called classic CJD, which is not related to mad cow disease but for which the causes are mostly unknown or hereditary. There were 598 deaths between 1979 and 2001. The symptoms are similar to those of other neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. The only way to confirm the diagnosis is to examine the brain tissue after death.

U.S. and Japan set to begin third round of beef trade talks
July 21, 2004
Ann Bagel
Scientists from the U.S. and Japan were scheduled to begin a third round of discussions in Tokyo on Wednesday aimed at reopening the Japanese market to U.S. beef, which has been banned in the wake of disagreements over testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Japan has demanded BSE testing of all slaughtered cattle ?a policy the U.S. claims is unnecessary. However, a number of recent reports have indicated that Japanese leaders may soon be ready to shift their stance. (See Japan said to have backed off 100 percent BSE testing demand at trade meeting, Meatingplace.com, July 2, 2004; Sources say Japan may abandon blanket BSE testing, Meatingplace.com, July 12, 2004; and Japanese panel: Eliminating BSE tests for young cattle a possibility, Meatingplace.com, July 19, 2004.)
This set of talks follows two earlier rounds ?one in Tokyo in May and one in Colorado in June. After this third round the two sides are expected to compile a report and reach a conclusion on the issue during high-level talks next month.
Along with 30 other nations, Japan banned American beef last December after BSE was discovered in Washington state. Before the ban, Japan was the most lucrative overseas market for U.S. beef, and American officials are hoping that convincing Tokyo to lift its ban might persuade other countries to do the same.

Salmonellosis, tomatoes, convenience stores - USA (Multistate) (04)
July 21, 2004
ProMED-mail post
[1]Source: The Beacon Journal, Ohio [edited]
July 21, 2004

13 cases investigated for link to Pennsylvania store outbreak. A salmonella outbreak, linked to Sheetz convenience stores in Pennsylvania, may have crossed the line into Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 13 laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonella in people who had eaten at Sheetz. However, as of Tuesday afternoon [20 Jul 2004], just 2 of those 13 cases were confirmed to be the same bacterial strain -- known as Javiana -- that's being investigated in Pennsylvania. 3 of Ohio's cases are in Summit County, and 4 are in Stark. There are 2 cases in Mahoning County and one each in Medina, Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Tuscarawas counties.
Pennsylvania health officials said, on Mon 19 Jul 2004, that 110 people were sickened in that state after eating at Sheetz. The Food and Drug
Administration reported additional illnesses in Maryland and West Virginia.
It's too soon to say, however, whether any of Ohio's cases are linked to Sheetz, health officials said.
"All we know right now is that we have 4 cases of salmonella," said Stark County Health Commissioner William Franks. "The investigation has not been completed in terms of what they ate, where they ate, and whether there's any connection." "There is a lot of salmonella around," said Dr. Marguerite Erme, head of epidemiology at the Akron Health Department. "Just because you've eaten
at Sheetz, that doesn't mean that eating at Sheetz caused the illness."
The local health departments are performing "very extensive food interviews" with those who were infected, as well as with acquaintances who may have eaten at Sheetz without getting sick. "You have to get down as close to possible to the source [of the infection]," Erme said. "You can't just say, 'it's this sandwich.' It may only be one component of the sandwich.''
Pennsylvania officials had believed that tainted tomatoes or lettuce, or both, were to blame for the illnesses, because those who got sick ate those foods, and because they ingested a strain of salmonella usually found on produce. But, tests of the tomatoes -- supplied by Wheeling, WV based Coronet Foods -- turned up a different strain of salmonella than that identified in those who have been sick.
"We have to keep looking," said Richard McGarvey, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Health Department. Sheetz, based in Altoona, PA, pulled all tomatoes and lettuce from its 300-plus stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, after the salmonella cases were 1st reported last week [2nd week July 2004]. The stores sanitized their deli areas, switched suppliers, and brought in new produce.
Those sickened in Pennsylvania bought sandwiches from at least 16 Sheetz stores, company officials have said. [Byline: Tracy Wheeler]

Date: Wed 21 Jul 2004
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette PA [edited]
Salmonella investigation now focused on tomatoes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has begun trying to find the sources
of the tomatoes, used in sandwiches at Sheetz convenience stores, to determine what might have caused a regional salmonella outbreak. FDA is moving ahead with the tomato search -- called a "trace-back" ?even though public health officials haven't yet determined whether tomatoes, lettuce, or some other food product was the vehicle for the salmonella contamination, said Ellen Morrison, director of crisis management at FDA. State agriculture officials found, on Mon 19 Jul 2004, that one tomato sample from Sheetz was contaminated with salmonella. But, it turned out that it was a different strain of the bacteria than the one blamed in the multistate outbreak, which has sickened roughly 160 people. "Normally, we wait for a particular food to be implicated in an outbreak
before we begin a trace-back," said Morrison. "But, we felt, as a precaution, we should begin a trace-back of the tomatoes." The number of Pennsylvanians sickened grew by 20 yesterday [Tue 20 Jul 2004], to 130 cases, with anywhere from 16 to 50 people with salmonella in other states linked to the outbreak.

E. coli O157, day care center - USA (NY City) (02)
July 2, 2004
ProMED-mail post
Source: News12 Long Island [edited]
The center hired a private team to run tests in order to determine where the bacterium came from. In addition, New York City Department of Health inspectors say the center will be thoroughly sterilized before kids can step foot back inside. Experts say there is really no way to protect against E. coli but add that proper hygiene can help. Health officials say parents should be on the lookout for symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea that becomes bloody, fever and irritability. They say the infection is caused by poor hand washing, handling of diapers and unsafe food preparation.
If the cleaning and inspection process goes smoothly, the center may open on Wed 7 Jul 2004

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