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FSIS Shows Salmonella in Decline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today released regulatory sampling data showing a continued downward trend in positive tests for Salmonella.

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) rule, implemented July 25, 1996, established Salmonella performance standards in seven categories of meat and poultry products; broilers; market hogs; cows/bulls; steer/heifer; ground beef; ground chicken; and ground turkey. As one part of an extensive science-based food safety system, FSIS collects and analyzes Salmonella samples to verify compliance with HACCP requirements. The testing program was designed to track establishment performance, therefore it may not be reflective of the nationwide prevalence of Salmonella in these products.

Despite minor yearly fluctuations in individual categories, Salmonella rates in all classes of products have decreased to levels well below the HACCP baseline prevalence estimates. Of the random regulatory samples collected and analyzed by FSIS in CY 2003, 3.8 percent tested positive for Salmonella, as compared with 4.29 percent in CY 2002; 5.03 percent in CY 2001; 5.31 percent in CY 2000; 7.26 percent in CY1999; and 10.65 percent in CY 1998.

While the regulatory prevalence of Salmonella across all seven product categories continued to decrease in 2003, FSIS is concerned that the percentage of positive Salmonella tests (all sizes of establishments combined) increased slightly in three poultry categories.

The agency will be examining Salmonella testing data from 1998 to the present in order to clearly identify those plants displaying negative performance trends. Enforcement Investigations Analysis Officers will then conduct in-depth HACCP and sanitation verification reviews at those facilities to help ensure that this one year increase does not continue. FSIS compares regulatory testing results to the baseline prevalence measures used in the HACCP program to provide context to the yearly data.

Since 2000, all classes of meat and poultry plants have been subject to Salmonella testing. To ensure that yearly variations in the proportion of samples collected from the seven categories were not responsible for the overall decline in the percentage of positive samples, FSIS weighted the four years of data against the proportion of samples by category in the year 2000. The results show a steady decrease in positive samples in each year of HACCP verification testing.

The Salmonella testing data can be found online at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/science/microbiology/
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service - Visit U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service web pages
Posted: August 16, 2004

Animal ID system is missed opportunity to reduce human illnesses
August 12, 2004
Safe Tables Our Priority Media Release
http://www.SafeTables.org
This week, USDA awarded nearly $12 million dollars to initiate new "animal identification" pilot programs, with the eventual goal of being able to identify, within 48 hours, any animals that have come into contact with a diseased animal. Problem is, the system applies only to animal diseases - not to disease agents like E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella which are transmitted from animal to animal without making the animals sick, but which are harmful or deadly for humans. The result? An expensive technology initiative which protects the financial interests of the meat industry, but deliberately sidesteps the opportunity to have a major impact on the health of American families. S.T.O.P. member Don Knowles was one of those who spoke out in opposition to this folly. See his remarks below. For upcoming opportunities to speak or mail in your comments to the USDA, see http://www.aphis.usda.gov/.
Good afternoon, my name is Don Knowles. I'm here for a different reason than probably all of you. I am here to advocate the development of an animal identification system that includes the purpose of preventing foodborne illness in people. I represent an organization called S. T. O. P. - Safe Tables Our Priority - which was formed in the aftermath of the 1993 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in the Northwest associated with Jack-in-the-Box hamburgers. S.T.O.P. has become a key player in facilitating the first meat and poultry inspection reforms in over 90 years; reforms that have included microbial testing for animal fecal contamination.
I am also here to represent consumers and victims of foodborne illness. My son, Tyler, who is now 18 is such a victim. Eleven years ago this month, Tyler's young, healthy body was attacked by a vicious pathogen contained in a ground beef patty. The E. coli bacterial illness ultimately evolved into a life-threatening condition called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. His kidneys stopped working completely resulting in a month's stay in the Denver Children's Hospital during which he received several blood transfusions and many kidney dialysis treatments. Tyler survived; others have not been so fortunate. Our family lived through a horror I hope none of you ever have to experience. It dramatically changed our lives.
Foodborne illness is a serious health problem in our country. Over 76 million cases of foodborne illness occur in this country every year, sending over 300,000 Americans to the hospital, and causing over 5000 deaths. To put that in perspective, that is more deaths each year than the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Literally millions annually suffer long-term illnesses as a result. Many of these illnesses come directly from meat products contaminated with pathogens at the time consumers purchase them at the grocery store.
I feel that an animal identification system should be implemented with not only the goal of preventing illness in animals, which is well and good, but also have the authority to trace animals that arrive at the slaughterhouse loaded with human pathogens. A 2003 report by a National Academy of Sciences committee concluded that the level of contamination on and in animals coming to slaughter is tied to contamination levels in meat. The committee urged government to monitor contamination of incoming animals and take steps to mitigate the problem. The committee also noted that other countries have achieved dramatic declines in certain pathogens by using microbial monitoring to drive farm-based control efforts.
An animal identification system must be mandatory, uniform, and administered by the federal government. It must also include enforcement provisions to penalize those who choose not to abide by the rules. If the system is not mandatory, those who choose not to participate will not only continue to contribute to animal and human health problems, but will have an economic advantage over those who pony up the funds to do it right. Uniformity with federal administration is also key to ensuring that all producers play under the same rules and that no one gains an economic advantage while reducing human health protection.
I urge you to develop an animal tracking system that includes the provisions to trace back to the farm animals that come to slaughter with high levels of human pathogens. To implement anything else will be a shameful loss of a unique opportunity to exponentially reduce foodborne disease - and a kick in the teeth for the thousands of victims of E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and other devastating meat-borne diseases who are forced to watch as government pours millions of dollars building a bridge that reaches only halfway across the chasm of foodborne disease.

FUNDING FOOD SAFETY

Source of Article: http://www.meatnews.com/
USDA provides U.S. colleges and universities with more than $12 Million for integrated food safety projects. USDA awarded more than $12 million to 19 U.S. colleges and universities through the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative. ¡°The selection of these projects supports the Bush Administration's efforts to enhance the protection and safety of agriculture and the food supply,¡± USDA Secretary Ann Veneman said. ¡°Targeted research is one of several key initiatives we are implementing to enhance food safety and improve food inspection systems.¡± The projects were selected for funding under USDA's unified food safety research agenda announced November 2003, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food safety programs, USDA said in a release. The unified agenda prioritizes research needs and maximizes use of available resources and involves coordination among the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Agricultural Research Service, and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

FSIS does not conduct its own research. Rather, the Agency identifies research necessary to fulfill its public health mission. ARS is USDA's chief in-house scientific research agency and CSREES is USDA's chief research funding agency.

The purpose of the NIFSI, which is managed by CSREES, is to support competitive projects that address priority issues in food safety that are best solved using an integrated approach. These projects address a broad spectrum of food safety concerns from on-farm production, post-harvest processing and distribution, to food selection, preparation and consumption. The grants make sure that food safety information is passed on to people who operate various parts of the food chain.

Twenty-six grants have been awarded for Fiscal Year 2004. Each year NIFSI awards these funds to faculty at land-grant and non-land grant colleges and universities to ensure that valuable research, education and extension knowledge is transferred to teachers, scientists, health professionals, researchers, farmers, food processors, foodservice workers, consumers and all others making crucial decisions about the safety of the U.S. food supply. An average of approximately $630,000 was awarded to each university to support integrated food safety projects.

Some of the colleges and universities receiving the grants were:

* University of California, Davis: $600,000 for studying how to reduce the use of antibiotics in calves.

* Colorado State University: $489,527 for studying the effect of transportation and lairage on E. coli O157 and Salmonella spp. on beef cattle.

* Colorado State University: $597,481 for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat products: Risks, controls, and education for prevention.

* University of Delaware: $450,205 to study inactivation of viruses by pressure in ready-to-eat foods.

* Iowa State University: $599,126 for studying southeast Iowa's food safety and animal handling procedures for meat processors and livestock producers.

* Kansas State University: $482,763 for improving food safety practices of restaurant employees using the theory of planned behavior.

* University of Maryland School of Medicine: $600,000 for the development of computer models for ranking the public health impact of foodborne hazards.

* University of Nebraska: $599,732 for validating and implementing Listeria monocytogenes controls in ready-to-eat meat products produced by rural meat and poultry operations in the Great Plains.

* University of Nebraska: $599,916 for HACCP assistance of small and very small processors with development and validation of safe meat-chilling processes.

* Cornell University: $599,823 for computer-aided food safety engineering.

* Ohio State University: $436,189 for safety of food processed by four alternative processing technologies.

* Clemson University: $33,150 for a conference, ¡°Food Safety from the Surface Up¡±.

* Tennessee State University: $597,890 for characterizing consumer handling, storage, and use of product labels and dates to develop risk communication messages for ready-to-eat foods.

* Texas A&M University: $328,357 for improving the safety of complex foods using electron beam technology.

* University of Wisconsin: $600,000 for HACCP assistance for small and very small meat processors: Challenge studies and predictive modeling for validation of critical limits.

Web posted: August 12, 2004

AFNOR Approves Bio-Rad's DNA-Based Tests for Salmonella Results in 24 hours

Bio-Rad's iQ-Check¢â Salmonella kit has been approved by AFNOR (Association Francaise de Normalisation), as a valid alternative method for the detection of Salmonella spp in all human and animal food products, and environmental samples. This certification is according to the new ISO 16140 standard, an international standard widely recognized in Europe and with parallels to the AOAC validation system.
iQ-Check Salmonella is part of a new generation of DNA-based tests for the rapid detection of food pathogens. Based on real-time PCR, a specific gene of Salmonella spp is amplified and detected simultaneously by an automated system, eliminating any extra detection steps after amplification. An internal control is present in each reaction, validating the presence or absence of inhibitory factors, and ensuring reliability of negative results. iQ-Check accurately detects Salmonella spp in raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples, after 24 hours of pre-enrichment, a significant time-saving compared to the reference method (ISO 6579:2002).

In addition to iQ-Check, Bio-Rad's first generation PCR tests, PROBELIA¢â Salmonella and PROBELIA Listeria monocytogenes, are available since 1996 and are already AFNOR validated tests. These reagents complement the range of instruments for PCR and real-time PCR, also available from Bio-Rad.

The validation of iQ-Check Salmonella reinforces Bio-Rad's commitment to developing new solutions for food manufacturers. Bio-Rad offers a wide range of products for Diagnostics in Industrial microbiology, from classical methods to the most innovative, such as iQ-Check Salmonella.

New 3M Petrifilm Plate yields environmental results for Listeria in 31 hours
August 2004
3M Canada Company Press Release
LONDON, ON A new 3M Petrifilm Plate designed to detect environmental Listeria is now available from 3M Microbiology. Designed for use in food processing plants, the NEW 3M?Petrifilm?Environmental Listeria Plate method is faster, easier and positively more informative than current methods of Listeria detection. This easy-to-use method delivers results within 31 hours of sampling and provides you with three powerful ways to interpret results. The new plates require no enrichment, making them a safer method for testing. Other methods such as chromogenic agars and immunoassay tests can take many more hours and may require more steps.
The NEW 3M?Petrifilm?Environmental Listeria Plates cost less than traditional methods and use the familiar Petrifilm Plate design that has been proven for almost 20 years to improve productivity and reduce costs. Sample preparation is fast and easy. Interpretation is similar to other 3M?Petrifilm?Plates and there is no complicated techniques or time-consuming training requirements.
Traditional Listeria testing methods provide you with a single qualitative (detected/not detected) result. The NEW 3M?Petrifilm?Environmental Listeria Plate provides you with three powerful ways to interpret results: 1. Qualitative (detected or not detected) 2. Semi-Quantitative (relative levels), and 3. Quantitative (actual Listeria count). This expanded ability allows food plants to develop baselines, monitor trends and keep tighter surveillance on hot spots.
Most testing methods for environmental Listeria require an enrichment process, in which Listeria multiply to high concentrations,?comments Emmannuelle Archambault, Technical Services Advisor, 3M Microbiology. With this enrichment process comes a higher risk of contamination. Because 3Ms Petrifilm Environmental Listeria Plates do not require an enrichment, the risk of contamination is lower, making it a safer method to use.?br>For more information about products from 3M Microbiology, contact your 3M Microbiology sales representative or visit our web site at www.3m.com/microbiology.

AOAC RI Approval for Genevision¢â Listeria Tests

Genevision¢â food safety tests for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria species have been granted Performance TestedSM status by the AOAC Research Institute, and become the third and fourth Genevision tests to be validated in the United States.Warnex are currently progressing with AOAC validation for the Genevision¢â Salmonella test and expect to receive it shortly.

The AOAC Research Institute is a non-profit international scientific organization that administers the Performance TestedSM Methods Program. Within this program, a third-party review showed that the Genevision tests detected L. monocytogenes and Listeria spp. as well as or better than traditional culture methods.

The L. monocytogenes test was granted Performance TestedSM status for a "Variety of Foods", which required the validation of the method with at least 10 different food matrices from five different food groups. The detection of Listeria spp. was validated for "Selected Foods", including sliced ham, ground pork, sausages, pre-cut lettuce, yoghurt, raw beef, raw cod fillet, green beans, and mayonnaise.

Warnex¡¯s Genevision tests use state-of-the-art genomics-based technology to rapidly and accurately detect the presence of harmful pathogens in food products. The technology allows for the simultaneous detection of multiple pathogens and processing of samples within 24 to 48 hours, a significant improvement over traditional microbiology tests.

Nymox develops treatment of deadly E. coli food contamination; Nymox NXC-4720 E. coli product in late stage development
August 3, 2004
From a press release
Nymox (NASDAQ:NYMX) has developed its proprietary NXC-4720 product to address the problem of E. coli O157:H7 contamination at the stage of meat production. The warm summer weather has drawn wider attention to the serious public health problems caused by E. coli O157 contamination of meat and other food and drink products. There are many reports of summer campers and other consumers becoming ill as a result of eating food contaminated with the potentially deadly bacteria. NXC-4720 has reached significant milestones in product development and has been validated in independent tests. The Company is involved in ongoing strategic validation studies.
"E. coli O157:H7 contamination of food and drink products and of water supplies is widely recognized as a serious problem both for public health and for the food industry," said Dr. Michael Munzar, Medical Director of Nymox. "Studies of Nymox's NXC-4720 product have shown excellent results. NXC-4720 shows real promise for this serious health care concern for both consumers and industry."
E. coli O157:H7 bacterial contamination is a major public health problem throughout the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States alone, 73,000 human cases occur every year as a result of E. coli O157 contamination of food and drink products and of water supplies. This type of E. coli infection can cause severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps and can lead to kidney failure, particularly in young children and in the elderly, with often serious long term and sometimes fatal results.
One United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) study estimated the direct and indirect costs of foodborne E. coli O157 infections at over $650 million per year. In 2002 alone, over 23 million pounds of meat were recalled in the U.S. because of possible E. coli contamination, affecting all sectors of the meat industry from large meat processors to local supermarkets and many consumers. On average, Americans consume over 65 pounds of beef per person per year.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for the 21st Century - Food Processing

FSIS issues revision to recall worksheet

by John Gregerson on 8/10/04
for Meatingplace.com
Source of Article: www.meatingplace.com
The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued revised worksheets related to its Recalls Directive, 8080.1, "Product Recall Guidelines for Firms."
The worksheets are a revised version of forms FSIS officials use to gather information during a recall. The purpose of the directive is to provide the terminology, responsibilities and public notification procedures regarding the voluntary recall of FSIS-inspected meat.

Seafood Industry Calls for Additional Safeguards on Imports; Pilot Program Would Target Antibiotic Residues

Yahoo! News Monday, August 09, 2004

Source of Article: http://news.yahoo.com/

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has asked the Food & Drug Administration to cooperate on a pilot program to further enhance the safety of imported seafood. Nearly 80 percent of seafood is imported, and although a mandatory HACCP inspection program already addresses seafood safety, FDA (news - web sites) and U.S. seafood importers want to further augment safety through cooperation with overseas producers.The proposed program includes mechanisms for verifying HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) measures used by foreign processing plants. HACCP, implemented by FDA at the request of the seafood industry in 1998, requires processors to identify points in the production process at which problems may occur, and then institute controls to prevent such problems. U.S. processors are required to maintain extensive documentation of HACCP safety procedures, which is regularly reviewed by FDA. Originally developed to ensure food safety in the space program, HACCP is now required of most US food producers.

The seafood industry recommends that the pilot program target the use of unapproved antibiotic residues in shrimp, such as chloramphenicol or nitrofurans, which may be illegally fed or applied at the farming or processing level. While less than 5 percent of imported shrimp tested has been found to contain traces of these prohibited antibiotics, shrimp is the largest seafood import (nearly 90 percent of U.S. shrimp is imported, about half of which is farmed) and the most-consumed seafood in America, at 3.4 lbs. per capita. The initial program likely would be conducted with Thailand, the largest exporter of shrimp to the US.

A guidance document of "best practices," being developed by NFI to assist foreign producers with HACCP compliance, includes

-- Purchasing specifications by foreign shrimp processors that require product free of illegal antibiotics, as well as the processors' HACCP plan with semi-annual verification by food safety authorities

-- Frequent verification testing of product samples by a certified laboratory under established U.S. FDA sampling and testing guidelines

-- Verification procedures by U.S. importers to ensure that tested product and imported product are the same

As envisioned, the pilot program would be conducted for approximately 6-12 months and, if successful, may be expanded to other products and countries.

National Advisory Committee On Microbiological Criteria For Foods To Hold Public Meeting
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Amanda Eamich

WASHINGTON, August 13, 2004 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold public meetings August 24-27, 2004. The full committee will discuss performance standards for ground chicken/ground turkey, the scientific basis for establishing safety-based "use by" date labels for refrigerated ready-to-eat foods and scientific criteria for redefining pasteurization. All meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Hotel Monaco, Athens Room, 700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. A meeting agenda is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ophs/nacmcf/meetings.htm.

The full committee will meet Friday, Aug. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three NACMCF subcommittees will meet prior to the full committee meeting. The Performance Standards for Ground Chicken/Ground Turkey Subcommittee will meet Aug. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Aug. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Scientific Criteria for Redefining Pasteurization Subcommittee will meet Aug. 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Scientific Basis for Establishing Safety-Based "Use By" Date Labeling for Refrigerated Ready-to-Eat Foods Subcommittee will meet August 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The NACMCF was established in 1988 to provide scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on public health issues relative to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply. The committee formulates positions on the development of microbiological criteria, the review and evaluation of epidemiological and risk assessment data and methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards in foods. The Committee also provides advice to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Departments of Commerce and Defense.

Written comments should be submitted to FSIS Docket Room, Docket #04-028N, USDA, Room 102, Cotton Annex Building, 300 12th St., SW, Washington, DC 20250. Comments may also be sent by facsimile to (202) 205-0381. The comments and official transcript of the Aug. 27, 2004, full committee meeting will be kept in the FSIS Docket Room at the above address and will also be posted at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPHS/NACMCF/transcripts.

For further information contact Karen Thomas, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Office of Public Health Science, Microbiology Division, Aerospace Center, Room 333, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-3700, phone ( 202) 690-6620, fax (202) 690-6334, email karen.thomas@fsis.usda.gov.

Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Ms. Thomas by August 17, 2004.

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08/11. Eating out: your rights: Questions and answers about your ri
08/11. Inspection Finds Baby Food in New Zealand Tainted with Lead
08/11. WARNING: Cooking products contaminated with dangerous dye
08/11. CHINA/USA: McDonald’s fined for ice-cream bacteria
08/11. Alaska Food Diagnostics Welcomes New FSA Targets
08/11. FATAL REACTION: When Dinner Turns Deadly
08/11. Canada Broadens Coverage of Mad Cow Tests
08/11. PERSPECTIVE
08/11. Infant Botulism
08/11. Dry safely: Method minimizes E. coli risk
08/11. Health matters: Fair workers learn food safety

08/10. Japan Min Says U.S. Beef Trade Talks Will Take Time-Kyodo
08/10. Northrop to build pathogen database
08/10. Canada Tests 4,839 Cattle for Mad Cow in 2004
08/10. vCJD continues to baffle scientists; teenagers disproportion
08/10. Bottled water bill signed by governor
08/10. [India] Like ice-candy? Then don't read this
08/10. Vibrio cholera found in HK fish tank water
08/10. EU invests in plant food
08/10. AMI Foundation to Host New Facility Sanitary Design Workshop
08/10. Research links red meat and ham to endometriosis in women
08/10. FSIS issues revision to recall worksheet

08/09. Beef industry supportive of meeting BSE testing targets
08/09. Emergency preparedness
08/09. Tainted beef recalled after two Manitobans fall ill
08/09. Food-borne illness is relatively rare
08/09. Strength in numbers: Researchers use math to understand biof
08/09. Ontario bans uninspected meat from butcher shops
08/09. CSPI announces the "where's the beef?" campaign
08/09. Prosecution bulletin - Court fines Halifax Seafood Limited ,
08/09. Court fines Captain Dan's Inc. ,000 for violation of Food an
08/09. Court Fines Malabar Super Spice Company Ltd. ,000 for contra
08/09. Prosecution bulletin - Court fines Chris Brothers Meats and
08/09. CONTAMINATION SLIDES
08/09. Dogs to sniff out undeclared meat in Japanese airports
08/09. BSE case confirmed in Czech Republic
08/09. New campaign criticizes USDA's recall policy
08/09. Half of Irish chickens contaminated

08/08. How BSE misinformation is devastating the meat industry
08/08. Contaminated Candies From Mexico Pulled
08/08. Millions poisoned by wells dug to save lives
08/08. Washington's mad cow dairyman speaks about scandal
08/08. Beef Industry Supportive of Meeting BSE Testing Targets
08/08. WSU to conduct thousands of tests in effort to stem BSE
08/08. Groups seek voluntary BSE testing
08/08. Settlement reached in botulism cases
08/08. CWD may end game farming
08/08. Food inspection rules not met
08/08. Heat wave raises food fears

08/07. Guinn: Food safety for the chronically ill
08/07. Ontario tightens meat rules
08/07. Seafood Industry Calls for Additional Safeguards on Imports;
08/07. Contaminated food a problem in Thailand
08/07. Cooking Safe
08/07. Food safety concerns reach down to isle farms
08/07. Edible coatings for added vitamins

08/06. Keep it cool
08/06. Eight enforcement orders served in July
08/06. Food Safety Authority warns of tripling of food poisoning in
08/06. Food Safety Bytes
08/06. Consumer Voice Newsletter on Food Safety, Health and Consume
08/06. BC-Quarantine
08/06. Nebraska plant is site of third meat recall in seven years
08/06. Health unit issues alert after fast-food employee diagnosed
08/06. Japan Panel Basically OK With Ending Blanket BSE Tests
08/06. European centre for disease prevention and control advertise
08/06. Food Allergy Initiative Celebrates the Food Allergen Labelin
08/06. Restaurants help customers eat smart with provincial program
08/06. Chinese Merchants Jailed in Milk Scandal
08/06. New database of carcinogenic compounds now available
08/06. Meat industry near total compliance on ruminant feed ban
08/06. Illegal food colour tracked in UK
08/06. Food database extends knowledge on potential carcinogens
08/06. FSIS Releases New Data Showing Continued Reduction in Salmon
08/06. State Health Department advises consumers about lead in seas
08/06. Slow BSE testing could keep borders closed
08/06. Mad cow a wider threat
08/06. Enzi praises USDA for new test policy
08/06. US mad cow testing under fire
08/06. Symptoms of foodborne botulism may help predict fatality
08/06. Water bug scare was cash down the drain
08/06. Hospital cutbacks let bacteria flourish
08/06. Oyster warning yields varied responses
08/06. [UK] Bacteria levels 'unacceptable'
08/06. Massive nationwide frozen beef recall rekindles concerns in
08/06. Sam's Club Meat Patties May Be Infected With E. coli
08/06. Dirty Dining investigation: dirty food distributors
08/06. Do Food Makers Want to Kill You?
08/06. Baby food pulled from Bashas' in false poisoning threat
08/06. Watchdog issues food poisoning warning

08/05. Unwashed fruits, veggies ripe with risk
08/05. Fresh fruits and veggies are the new frontier of foodborne s
08/05. Symptoms of foodborne botulism may help predict fatality
08/05. Author serves up food industry criticism
08/05. President Bush Signs Allergen Labeling Legislation
08/05. APHIS changes policy on announcing inconclusive BSE tests
08/05. Perspective
08/05. Removing OTM control
08/05. FSANZ seeks comment on proposed food standards including iod
08/05. BC-Mad
08/05. USDA to repeat test before mad cow announcement
08/05. Outback Steakhouse acquires assets of bankrupt Chi-Chi's res
08/05. Amendment No. 8
08/05. Inspectors have lot on plates: 3,000 food premises checked a
08/05. A study finds mercury levels in fish exceed U.S. standards
08/05. Case-ready wrap up
08/05. Institute initiated
08/05. How can I keep 'take-out¡¯ food safe?

08/04. New USDA food safety department transcends national borders
08/04. Alberta's BSE program worked as intended, auditor says
08/04. International food laws distance education certificate progr
08/04. International Food Laws: Distance Education Certificate Prog
08/04. New regulations for inspection of meat coming

08/03. South Korean government announces new policies for meat indu
08/03. FDA finalizing new BSE rules
08/03. Some fox! ... Some fox hound!
08/03. Promoting food thermometer use
08/03. Chi-Chi's sues suppliers over Hepatitis A
08/03. The salmonella special

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