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RESEARCHERS OFFER E. COLI TIPS FOR FARMS
August 22, 2002
Knight-Ridder Tribune
Aparna Surendran, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Reserachers were cited as publishing recommendations in the current edition of the New England Journal of Medicine that state to avoid life-threatening contamination by E. coli bacteria, petting zoos and farms should separate food services from animal areas and maintain well-supervised hand-washing stations.
The recommendations followed an investigation of an E. coli outbreak at Merrymead Farm in Montgomery County two years ago.
At least 15 people, and probably 36 others, were infected with E. coli at Merrymead in October 2000. Eight patients developed hemolytic-uremic syndrome. One of them, Erin Jacobs, 4, of Jeffersonville, had to have a kidney transplant in January because of damage from the bacteria.The authors of the New England Journal report interviewed visitors to Merrymead and identified risk factors for infection and sources of E. coli on the farm. Contact with calves' hides and their environment, both of which were contaminated by bacteria from the animals' excrement, caused infection. Washing hands afterward protected against infection, the authors said in the
study. At Merrymead Farm, hand-washing stations were limited and not supervised, the authors reported. In addition, food and drink could be consumed in the animal areas. The investigators, led by John A.
Crump of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta,
discovered that 15 percent of the 216 cattle at Merrymead were infected with E. coli, a rate up to 30 times higher than usual.
Last year, the CDC came up with guidelines to follow in farm animal contact: Workers and visitors should prepare and eat foods in animal-free areas, use double barriers to prevent animals from making contact beyond the petting area, and use hand-washing facilities in both the animal-free area and the petting area.
Merrymead Farm, which continues to operate a petting area, has now complied with all of the CDC's guidelines, said Harriet Morton, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Health Department. Merrymead Farm declined to comment.

FOOD CONTAMINANTS AND RESIDUES (CHEMICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL)
August 21, 2002
European Comission
The complete document is available at:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sfp/fcr/fcr_index2_en.html
Efficient control of contaminants and residues in foodstuffs is an essential contribution to the maintenance of a high level of consumer protection inthe EU. Legislation has been put in place by the EU on the following substances:
Contaminants which may unintentionally enter food while the various stagesof its production and marketingResidues of substance used in veterinary medicinal products for theprevention and the treatment of diseases in food producing animalsResidues of substance used as additives in feed intended for food producinganimals
Residues of substance used in plant protection products (pesticides) for theprevention and the treatment of diseases in plants grown for food and feedproduction

GUIDES FOR FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS NOW AVAILABLE
August, 2002
Food Standards News No 39
A series of new guides will be available to assist food businesses to meet their legal obligations under Food Safety Standards 3.1.1 > (Interpretationand Application), 3.2.2 (Food Safety Practices and > General Requirements)and 3.2.3 (Food Premises and Equipment), which are > currently beingimplemented by the States and Territories. The guides > take the following forms:
Food Safety: Temperature control of potentially hazardous food
This provides guidance on the temperature control requirements of Standard 3.2.2. It explains what types of foods need to be kept under temperature control and advice on ways to meet the legal requirements. It is aimed at enforcement officers and those businesses wanting more detailed information on the temperature requirements. Food Safety: Skills and knowledge for food businesses This provides guidance on the new skills and knowledge requirement in Standard 3.2.2 for small food businesses. It explains how the proprietors of these businesses can meet their legal obligation to ensure that food handlers working for the businesses have the skills and knowledge they need to handle food safely.
Fact sheets for charities and community organisations on the Food Safety
Standards
A series of fact sheets have been developed for charities and community organisations to assist them comply with the Food Safety Standards. There are ten fact sheets to cover the range of food handling activitiesnormally undertaken by these businesses. The fact sheets are:An introduction to the new Food Safety Standards
Notification
Skills and Knowledge
Labelling
Temperature control
Sausage sizzles and barbecues
Preparing and cooking food
Transporting food
Camping
Health and hygiene for food handlers
Food businesses and enforcement officers are encouraged to obtain copies of
these materials. Copies can be downloaded from the FSANZ website
www.foodstandards.gov.au or hard copies
can be requested by contacting FSANZ on 02 6271 2241 or your State or Territory health authority. There is no charge for these materials.

Recall Summary
08/23. CARLSBERG RECALLS THOUSANDS OF WATER BOTTLES IN POISON SCARE
08/23. Minnesota Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7
08/23. Alabama Firm Recalls Chicken Products For Undeclared Allergens
08/22. Perry's Ice Cream Has Recalled ICE CREAM CONE Aug 21
08/22. Recall Update: Florida Natural BrandRecall is Complete Aug 21
08/22. Recall Update: Hy Grade Nut Oriental Mix Recall is Complete Aug 21
08/22. Recall Update: Star Mark DRIED SWEET POTATO Recall is Complete Aug 21
08/22. Recall Update: Anhing Corporation Product of Vietnam" Recall is Complete
08/22. Recall Update: Budget Promotions Assorted Mini-Fruit Bites Recall is Complete Aug 21
08/22. Recall Update: ABC Brand Mini Gel Cups Recall is Complete
08/22. Recall Update: Eastland Food Mini Fruity Gels Recall is Complete Aug 21
08/21. Ho's Trading Inc. Recalls Fructs Lycll Herb Due to Undeclared Sulfites
08/21. Ho's Trading Has Recalled Fructs Lycll Aug 21
08/21. Arkansas Store Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7
08/21. Arkansas Store Has Recalled Ground Beef Aug 21

USDA/FDA NEWS


FSIS Constituent Update: August 23, 2002
Positive E. coli Test Results: Updated August 23, 2002
FSIS News Photo Gallery
USDA Officials Focus On Food Safety For Nation's Children
FSIS Security Guidelines for Food Processors; Notice of Availability
Foodborne Illness Education Information Center
Prohibitions on the Reimportation of Imported Food Products That Have Been Refused

OUTBREAKS
08/23. HEPATITIS SYMPTOMS SEND 20 FOR TESTING: SHOPPED AT GROCERY S
08/23. TWO KIDS CONTRACT E. COLI: HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING TO
08/23. VIBRIO PARAHAEMOLYTICUS, SHELLFISH - USA (NEW YORK): ALERT
08/23. HEPATITIS SYMPTOMS SEND 20 FOR TESTING: SHOPPED AT GROCERY S
08/23. SOME SHOPPERS LIKELY INFECTED WITH HEPATITIS A, OFFICIAL SAY
08/22. E. Coli Outbreak Hits Children Visiting Dairy Farm
08/21. VIRUS THINS THE RANKS OF CADETS AT CAMP
08/21. Rucker shelter resident alleges food poisoning
08/20. Six more salmonella cases



Food Safety Daily News
08/23. Meeting: Ozone for Food Processing & Sanitation
08/23. COMMENTARY: NAS cloning report case study of how 'spin' strangles science
08/23. AMI ANNUAL CONVENTION SEMINAR TO FOCUS ON EQUIPMENT DESIGN T
08/23. KEBABS AND FOOD SAFETY
08/23. CAFE OWNER FINED OVER FOOD SAFETY BREACHES
08/23. LOBLAWS THREATENED WITH SUIT: COURT EMPLOYEE WANTS
08/23. RESEARCHERS OFFER E. COLI TIPS FOR FARMS
08/23. Japan Mad Cow Case Deals Fresh Blow to Confidence
08/23. EU Rejects U.S. Plea to Tell Africa Modified Corn Is Safe
08/23. CANADIANS CAN REST ASSURED THAT BEEF IS SAFE
08/23. FOOD CONTAMINANTS AND RESIDUES
08/23. GUIDES FOR FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS NOW AVAILABLE
08/23. PAA IN PLASTIC PACKAGING DOES NOT CONTAMINATE FOODSTUFFS
08/23. GREEN POTATOES LEAVE A BITTER AFTER-EFFECT: TOXIC CHEMICAL G -
08/23. TAKE A LOOK AT REAL MAGIC: DISNEY AND FOOD SAFETY
08/23. ESCHERICHIA COLI O157:H7 ? PIECING TOGETHER THE JIGSAW PUZZL
08/23. Wisconsin tries to kill disease with mass slaughter of deer
08/23. Japan confirms fifth case of mad-cow disease
08/23. COMMENTARY: NAS cloning report case study of how 'spin' stra
08/23. Russia drops ban on U.S. poultry
08/23. Dole works on salad's honour
08/23. Safety in the can
08/23. EU Commission reports on food safety
08/23. Vitamin E to reduce pong in irradiated meat
08/22. Foodborne Illness Education Information Center
08/22. USDA Officials Focus On Food Safety For Nation's Children
08/22. National Academies' Findings May Spur Antibiotech Moves
08/22. More Mad Cow Suspected in Japan
08/22. EUROPEANS WANT QUALITY EQUALITY
08/22. WHERE THERE IS SMOKE...PERSPECTIVE BY MEAT PROCESSING
08/22. ADVISORY - HEALTH CANADA ISSUES A STOP-SALE ORDER FOR ALL PR
08/22. FARM ANIMALS POSE E. COLI THREAT TO KIDS - STUDY
08/22. JAPAN: Japan¡¯s fifth case of BSE suspected near Tokyo
08/22. FSIS withdraws E. coli testing procedures; insiders suspect
08/22. Brits to sniff out smuggled meat at Heathrow
08/22. Wegmans ad in New York Times touts irradiated ground beef
08/22. Colorado firm gets $1 million to fight CWD
08/22. Petting Zoos May Spread E. coli
08/22. U.S. offers Africa gene-spliced food
08/22. Cafe owner fined over food safety breaches
08/21. PUBLIC COMMENT WANTED ON NEW FOOD RULES FOR CASSAVA AND A NE
08/21. FOOD LABELLING DEADLINE ONLY FOUR MONTHS AWAY
08/21. FOOD SAFETY INFO
08/21. QUICK REFERENCE 2001 FDA MODEL FOOD CODE
08/21. CATERING SOY SAUCE PRODUCTS SURVEYED
08/21. MICE CAUSE SHUTDOWN AT ATLANTA SAM©öS CLUB
08/21. COUNCILLOR DECRIES OUTBREAK RESPONSE; HEALTH OFFICIALS DEFEN
08/21. VETERINARY INSPECTIONS
08/21. Cloned-animal food products a step closer to market
08/21. Scientists fear 'uncertainty' of genetically altered animals
08/21. Is soy bad for you?
08/21. All-clear for water scare reservoir
08/21. Poultry firm allays contamination fears
08/21. Beaver: Lake Pleasant water system advised to boil water unt
08/21. More biotech research is necessary, report says
08/21. Take ephedra off market
08/21. Food from cloned animals safe for consumers, study says
08/21. The Kitchens of New York
08/21. Fresh Fruit Gets a New Protective Coat
08/20. "RESPONDING TO A FOOD RECALL," A LIVE AND INTERACTIVE TELECO
08/20. FOOD SAFETY TECHNOLOGY
08/20. FOOD SAFETY REFORM - A FARM TO TABLE APPROACH
08/20. DETERMINING SALMONELLA PERFORMANCE STANDARD
08/20. HARKIN'S AT IT AGAIN!
08/20. CLOSE TO 5000 PEOPLE VACCINATED - CLINICS TO RUN UNTIL FRIDA
08/20. Top bosses step down at Nippon Meat Packers over meat mislab
08/20. USA: Girl finds razor blade in Albertson's sandwich
08/20. Bioterrorism, pathogens top agenda at poultry science meetin
08/20. Woman battles back from bout with E. coli
08/20. Quorn Products Linked To Severe Vomiting
08/20. Pack a healthy, safe lunch



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