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U.S. AGAIN WARNS ABOUT RISKS OF RAW SPROUTS
October 2, 2002
Reuters
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was cited as again warning the public Wednesday about the risks of food poisoning from eating raw sprouts, because of a recent E. coli outbreak associated with alfalfa sprouts. The story says that the FDA first warned the public about raw sprouts in 1999.
The FDA advised that children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems should not eat raw or lightly cooked sprouts, although raw sprouts have been implicated in illnesses affecting all age groups, stating, "Those persons who wish to reduce their risk of food-borne illness should not eat raw sprouts." For people in high-risk categories, an E. coli infection may lead to serious The story says that the FDA advised that people thoroughly cook sprouts before eating. Also, consumers who want to reduce their risk of illness
should request that restaurants not add raw sprouts to their food.

NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH
September 30, 2002
Lean Trimmings
Edited by Kiran Kernellu
Created by the foodservice industry in 1995, National Food Safety Education Month (NFSEM) is widely supported by federal, state and local agencies, the food industry and consumer organizations. This year's NFSEM theme is Four Steps to Food Safety. The
goal is to communicate to consumers that each of the messages highlighted during the last four years, Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill, are equally important and necessary to keep food safe. Although Food Safety Month is nearly over, let us not forget the tenets.
1. Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often. Wash hands with soap and water before handling food and after using the bathroom, changing diapers or handling pets.
2. Separate: Don't cross-contaminate. Separate raw meat and poultry from other foods. Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat or poultry.
3. Cook: Cook to proper temperatures. Use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of cooked food.
4. Chill: Refrigerate promptly. Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared food, and leftovers within two hours, or within one hour if the outside temperature is above 90F. Thaw food in the refrigerator.

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
September 27, 2002:
Karin Elton, Marshall, (MN) Independent
With the help of a mechanical gorilla which played music for 20 seconds, Marshall Junior High students, according to this story, pretended to wash their hands for that length of time, the time it takes to get the most germs off. After the gorilla was done clapping and playing music, Carol Schreiber, from the Minnesota Department of Health Food Safety Center, was quoted as telling the audience Thursday afternoon that, after washing hands, a "clean, dry towel or paper towel should be used. The friction at the end is what
gets it all off." The story says that Marshall Junior High was picked among the 360 school districts in Minnesota as the venue to kick off a new food safetycurriculum, called "Safe or Sorry." The program is part of a two-year statewide effort to educate young people about food safety. SOS uses skits and props - from glowing "germs" to rubber chickens - to illustrate basic principles of food safety. Schreiber was cited as saying that using a skit to demonstrate proper hygiene is a good teaching method, adding, "In 20 minutes you've gone through 20 food safety mistakes. It's a fun curriculum and easy to do. We use it for all ages." Lucas Christoffer, a seventh grader, was quoted as saying, "I learned that bacteria can spread two times the amount in 20 minutes. Contamination is bad." The story says that the curriculum was developed by the Minnesota Department
of Health, but other states are using it. In Minnesota, the SOS campaign aims to educate children, train teachers and place food safety tool kits in each school district in the state. At
Marshall Junior High, each seventh and eighth grader received a "goodie bag" which included food coupons valued at $30, magnets, meat thermometers, and information such as how to handle and cook eggs properly. The Junior High was chosen for its diverse population, Schreiber said. Kristin Harner, the communications director for the Minnesota Farm Bureau and a member of the Governor's Food Safety Task Force, was cited as presenting a plaque commemorating the day on behalf of Gov. Jesse Ventura to Doug Deragisch, the junior high principal. Deragisch said it was an honor to be a part of the food safety education kickoff. "Thanks for choosing Marshall Junior High," he said. The SOS demonstration is sponsored by a coalition of private-sector groups and government agencies. The list includes the Governor's Food Safety Task Force, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the University of Minnesota Extension Service, and local public officials from Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, and Pipestone Counties.

Food Safety Daily News
10/03. EC REVIEWS RULES ON FIG AND NUT IMPORTS
10/03. CLEAR UP YOUR QUESTIONS ON WATER QUALITY; FINDING ANSWERS TO
10/03. FOOD PROTECTION TRENDS TO DEBUT IN JANUARY
10/03. AG COMMISSIONER ISSUES WARNING ABOUT OYSTERS
10/03. PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE: FSIS CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE LISTERIA
10/03. U.S. AGAIN WARNS ABOUT RISKS OF RAW SPROUTS
10/03. EU Plans to Require Labeling Of Genetically Modified Foods
10/03. Conference Looks at Food Protection
10/03. TERMINATION OF DESIGNATION OF THE STATE OF MAINE WITH RESPEC
10/03. HYPOALLERGENIC FOODS - SOYBEANS AND PEANUTS
10/03. 45TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE EU POULTRY INDUSTRY; ASSEMBLY H
10/03. Conference Looks at Food Protection
10/03. Pathmark Stores to carry irradiated fresh ground beef
10/03. Irradiated Meat Arrives
10/02. CHIEF SCIENTIST DR MARION HEALY LOOKS AT FSANZ'S SAFETY ASSE
10/02. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOOD SAFETY WEEK
10/02. RISK ASSESSMENT TRAINING IN VIETNAM
10/02. FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR'S DESK
10/02. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI EATERIES FOUND LACKING IN RESTAURANT HY
10/02. ALBERTA HAS HIGHER RATES OF E. COLI INFECTION AND MENINGITIS
10/02. FSANZ SEEKS CHANGES TO NEW FOOD CODE, INCLUDING STRONGER BSE
10/02. FOOD IRRADIATION UPDATE
10/02. BRITON TO HEAD EUROPEAN FOOD AGENCY
10/02. FOOD SAFETY NETWORK; PREVIEW AND MEDIA PRESENTATION
10/02. UK: Perkins disgraced as journalists uncover poor hygiene at
10/02. Animal Health Institute survey shows antibiotic use in U.S.
10/02. France says will lift ban on British beef
10/02. Clues found to possible food carcinogen
10/02. McDonald's cuts fat but ignores antibiotics
10/01. NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH
10/01. HOSPITALS FIND GELS CLEAN BETTER THAN SOAP
10/01. FOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT: THE COSTS, BENEFITS, AND CONSEQUEN
10/01. SAFER MEAT, POULTRY, AND FOOD ACT
10/01. KEEP YOUR WELL WATER WELL: MOST DON'T REMEMBER TO TEST THEIR
10/01. LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT!
10/01. FSIS'S MEASURES TO ADDRESS E. COLI O157:H7 CONTAMINATION
10/01. ADA AND CONAGRA: "IT'S IN YOUR HANDS"
10/01. COMMENTARY: MUSINGS ON THE CONAGRA E. COLI O157:H7 OUTBREAK
10/01. Food Industry Is Campaigning Against Oregon GMO Proposal
10/01. NEW FOOD SAFETY MUSIC SONGS ON THE WEB!
10/01. FOOD SAFETY NET STRONGER
10/01. Acrylamide breakthrough, but more research needed
10/01. FDA Launches Plan to Reduce Acrylamides in Foods
10/01. IBP gives more details on its move into irradiated meat
10/01. NY Times twists story on E. coli rules to take cheap shot at
10/01. NFPA deems FDA's Draft Action Plan for Acrylamide in Food 'a
10/01. US allergen bill passes latest test
10/01. Eight BSE cases discovered this week
10/01. IGEN and USDA Expand Cooperative Agreement
10/01. HYGIENE - Salmonella and other zoonitic diseases
10/01. Major Supermarket Chain Pathmark Introduces SureBeam(R) Proc
10/01. Clue found to fried-food cancer link
10/01. New Romanian Import Rules
10/01. IRRADIATED GROUND BEEF FROM TYSON/IBP
10/01. DAIRYING SHOULD GAIN AS BEEF IRRADIATION GROWS
10/01. MIRC SCIENCE CONFERENCE TO FEATURE IRRADIATION ACTION PANEL
10/01. GUO XIONG RU FINED FOR ILLEGAL SHIPMENT OF UNINSPECTED MEAT
10/01. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
09/30. CANCER-FOODS
09/30. MAKING RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS EFFECTIVE
09/30. WILL TOUGHER REGULATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT IMPROVE FOOD
09/30. NEW INSTITUTE IN DAVIS, CALIF, TO MAKE EFFORT TO BEEF UP FOO
09/30. RATS, MICE TARGETED IN 600 SCHOOLS
09/30. CALIFORNIA EDUCATION OFFICIALS SAY RESEARCH EFFORT AIMED AT
09/30. CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH SAYS TO BE CAUTIOUS DURING F
09/30. Americans' Food-Handling Habits Improving
09/30. Food Safety Training Courses
09/30. NAS report says USDA must ramp up precautions against bioter
09/30. MIRC science conference to feature irradiation action panel
09/30. Patrons of pantry to sign CWD waiver
09/30. Food Safety Education
09/30. County to offer food safety course
09/30. New UCD food institute eyes food safety
09/30. Terror Adds to Safety Issues Awaiting New F.D.A. Chief
09/30. E. coli a threat to children -
09/30. Milwaukee meatpacker sets up hot line for hamburger recall
09/30. Top Marks For Food Safety In Aberdeen -
09/30. Public is still leery of irradiated meat
09/30. Eatery study leaves bad taste
09/29. One-third of all food contains toxic pesticides
09/29. Africa Bites the Bullet on Genetically Modified Food Aid
09/29. Cutting of meat for direct sale by farmers
09/29. New meat-cutting guidance
09/28. Freshers' Food Poisoning Fears
09/28. Death sentence over Chinese poisonings
09/28. Death sentence for rat poison killer
09/28. What to Do About Listeria
09/28. FROM SUN, SEA AND SAND... TO SICKNESS, LAWYERS AND ANGER

USDA/FDA NEWS
Public Health Update: FSIS Continues To Investigate Listeria Illnesses
Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification
Secondary Direct Food Additives Permitted in Food for Human Consumption
Speeches Page: Updated October 1, 2002
OPPDE What's New Page: Updated September 30, 2002
NACMCF Home Page

Recall Summary
10/03. Wisconsin Firm Expands Recall Of Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7
10/03. Daffin's issues recall over unlisted ingredient
10/03. CHRISTIE HONEY TEDDY GRAHAMS COOKIES may contain undeclared milk
10/03. Marigold Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Nuts in Ice Cream (
10/03. Marigold Foods Has Recalled Kemps Premium Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Oct 3
10/03. Hong Thai Foods Has Recalled Unviscerated Processed Fish Oct 2
10/02. Uneviscerated Processed Fish Recalled
10/02. Spruce Foods Has Recalled Chocolate Product Oct 1
10/01. Spruce Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Dairy and Nut Traces in Chocolate
09/30. Undeclared milk protein in HEALTHY WAY SPROUTED GRAIN SEED LOAF
09/30. Undeclared soy protein in donuts made by MAX¡¯S DONUTS
09/30. J.R. Simplot Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Non-Fat Milk in Schwan's
09/30. Wisconsin Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef Sep 29
09/30. Niki's Food Has Recalled Niki's brand dressings Sep 27
09/30. Gustafson's Dairy Has Recalled Chocolate Break Chocolate Flavored Imitation Lowfat
09/30. Astor Products Has Recalled Astor brand Sesame Seeds and Fischer's Seasoning
09/30. Cedar Valley Cheese Has Recalled Mozzarella Cheese Sep 27
09/30. Hanmi Has Recalled Zhongqiao Brand Conjac Coconut Jelly candy Sep 27
09/29. Recall Update: Spice World Dried basil leaves Recall Complete Sep 27
09/29. Recall Update: Spice World Dried Oregano leaves Recall Complete Sep 27
09/29. Recall Update: Graf Creamery Salted butter Recall Complete Sep 27
09/29. Recall Update: Hien Van Tran Raw Mung Bean Sprouts Recall Complete Sep 27
09/29. Recall Update: Redi-Cut Foods cantaloupes Recall Complete Sep 27
09/28. Recall Update: Petrossian Aristoff Caviar Malossol Recall Complete
09/28. Recall Update: Vogels International Recall Complete Sep 27
09/28. Recall Update: An Xuyen Bakery cookies Recall Complete Sep 27
09/28. Recall Update: Mr. C's Pizza & Deli Mr. C's Deli brand rolls/buns/breads Recall Complete
09/28. Recall Update: Awrey Bakeries Biscuits Recall Complete Sep 27
09/28. Recall Update: Stavis Seafood Fresh Whole Barracuda Recall Complete Sep 27
09/28. Recall Update: Orange Bakery Apple Strudel Recall Complete Sep 27
09/28. Wisconsin Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7



'Machine vision' to cut bacteria risk

02/10/02 - The USDA's Agricultural Research Service has devised a method of detecting faecal bacteria in fresh produce, which it claimed could reduce the chances of contamination to zero.

Yud-Ren Chen, an agricultural engineer with the Agricultural Research Service's Instrumentation and Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, is leading a group to develop "machine-vision" systems to detect contamination the human eye cannot see.
The system is aimed at preventing Escherichia coli O157:H7 from tainting apple cider and juices made from apples and other fruits. This particular strain of E. coli infects people who drink contaminated, unpasteurised cider or juices.

Chen is starting with apples, but he expects the system to work with all fruits and fresh produce. His online system will eventually direct a camera to take three spectral images of each apple through different colour filters. A computer would then analyse the spectral images to detect the telltale signatures of fecal contamination or fly specks, as well as of fungi, rot or other diseases.

One of Chen's team members, biophysicist Moon Kim, brought his expertise in remote sensing of vegetation to ARS from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. To detect faecal contamination, he is sensing photosynthetic pigments from plants, a turnaround from sensors aboard airplanes or satellites.

Apple packinghouses currently have automated ways of sorting for sizes and colours. When Chen's system is commercialised, it would likely be merged with those sorting systems, as well as with others in the pipeline.

ARS is the US Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.

OUTBREAKS
10/03. MYSTERIOUS-OUTBREAK UPDATE (INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY)

10/02. Bacteria sickens 17 Dodge kids

10/02. E. coli linked to recalled beef

10/01. LISTERIA OUTBREAK NOW AT 20 CASES: SOURCE REMAINS UNKNOWN

10/01. Listeriosis cluster turns victims' meals into clues

09/30. State looks into E. coli outbreaks in 21 counties

09/30. Group offers assistance in latest E. coli outbreak

09/29. Several Local Children Come Down With E. Coli

09/28. Local case of E. coli linked to state outbreak

09/28. Salmonella sickens 21

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