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Food pathogens found in 83% of chickens
The majority of chickens consumers use may be contaminated with food pathogens that potentially cause food poisoning, according to a new study by Consumer Reports, USA Today reported today.
Dec 4, 2006, 23:13
E. Col outbreak sickens more than 35 in NJ and LI
An outbreak of E. coli has sickened more than 35 in New Jersey and on Long Island, the New York Times reported today. The investigation is ongoing with preliminary evidence pointing the cases of E. coli illness to Taco Bell restaurants.
Dec 4, 2006, 19:21
Food Defense: International Collaboration in a Critical Area of Biodefense
Good morning. I'd like to thank the European Institute for the opportunity to speak today about food defense and the importance of international cooperation and collaboration to protect the food supply from intentional contamination.
Dec 2, 2006, 15:15
FDA Offers Advice on Preventing Food-Borne Illness
The recent outbreak of salmonella contamination that sickened 171 people in 19 states has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue tips on how to avoid becoming infected with the bacteria.
Nov 3, 2006, 13:30
Chlorate Compound Found to Quell Microbes in Meat Animals
A patented compound developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists could help reduce the risk of Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection from meat or poultry products.
Oct 31, 2006, 12:03
Cattle Ranch May Be Source of E. Coli Contamination
(HealthDay News) -- Three samples of cattle fecal matter from one ranch in California's Salinas Valley have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli bacteria that sickened 199 people in 26 states and left three dead after they ate contaminated spinach.
Oct 12, 2006, 19:48
Botulism: What you need to know
Editor's note: Some cases of botulism are linked with consumption of carrot juice. Listed below are a press release by the FDA and the fact sheet and questions and answers about botulism from the CDC.
Oct 7, 2006, 13:16
E. coli Toll: 183 Victims in 26 States
A second tainted bag of spinach, found in Utah over the weekend, has helped health officials pinpoint E. coli contamination in one specific batch of fresh spinach in a California processing plant.
Sep 27, 2006, 14:16
E. coli outbreak: What you need to know
Complete coverage: 1) update on E. coli outbreak, 2) questions and ansers for E. coli and spinach and 3) questions and answers for E. coli.
Sep 26, 2006, 10:02
Tainted Spinach Search Zeroes in On One Batch
2nd tainted bag in Utah helps pinpoint a specific time, date and processing plant, California health official says
Sep 26, 2006, 09:33
2 New E. coli Cases Bring Total to 173
The number of victims in the nationwide E. coli outbreak continued to climb Sunday, even as U.S. health officials began to relax their warnings on fresh spinach.
Sep 25, 2006, 13:37
E. coli Toll Now Stands at 171
The number of victims in the nationwide E. coli outbreak continued to climb Saturday, but U.S. health officials have began to relax their warnings against eating fresh spinach.
Sep 24, 2006, 23:06
Tainted Spinach Toll Hits 166
The number of victims in the nationwide E. coli outbreak continued to rise Friday as health officials scoured California spinach farms to pinpoint the cause.
Sep 23, 2006, 01:40
Mystery grips Salinas
This story asks, what's gone wrong in the Salinas Valley? Are the bacteria coming from cutting knives tainted by bad soil? From wells? Cow pastures upwind? Or processing centers where lettuce and spinach are bagged?
Sep 22, 2006, 14:17
The smoking bag
On Nov. 8, 1996, a 16-month-old Denver girl died from E. coli O157:H7 after drinking Smoothie juice manufactured by Odwalla Inc. of Half Moon Bay, Calif. which contained unpasteurized apple juice.
Sep 21, 2006, 10:12
West Nile virus claims two more lives in Illinois
Two more deaths from West Nile virus were reported on Sept. 19 to The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), according to the state health agency.
Sep 20, 2006, 14:12
Possible Source of E. coli Outbreak Identified
(HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified a California produce company as one possible source of the tainted spinach that has caused one death and illness throughout the nation.
Sep 16, 2006, 10:25
FDA: Don't eat that spinach -update
E. coli outbreak associated with consumption of contaminated bagged fresh spinach has involved ten states including Wisconsin, Utah, Oregon, Indiana, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Connecticut, Ohio and Kentucky, the health officials reported Friday.
Sep 15, 2006, 16:09
FDA warns of outbreak and not to eat bag spinach
Consumers should avoid eating fresh bagged spinach after an outbreak of E. coli in eight states killed one person and sickened at least 49, federal health officials announced Thursday night.
Sep 15, 2006, 12:39
FDA warning on foodborne E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
The Food and Drug Administration Thursday reported that an ongoing outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in multiple states, which has sickened 50 people including one death, is associated with the consumption of produce.
Sep 15, 2006, 11:58
114 Illinoisans infected with West Nile virus so far this year
Two more human deaths from West Nile virus (WNV) were reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the state health agency announced on Sept. 12.
Sep 13, 2006, 19:22
Fact Sheet: Avian Influenza updated
There are two types of avian influenza (AI) that are identified as H5N1. A difference exists in the virus classification; one is low pathogenic (LPAI) and the other is highly pathogenic (HPAI). Pathogenicity refers to the ability of the virus to produce disease.
Sep 1, 2006, 16:54
Nicotine Withdrawal Occurs in Just 30 Minutes
(HealthDay News) -- Within about 30 minutes of a smoker's last cigarette, the first signs of nicotine withdrawal appear, a U.S. study finds.
Aug 29, 2006, 15:48
Italian Drinking Level Puts Babies at Risk
(HealthDay News) -- Contrary to popular belief, Italians aren't more moderate drinkers than Americans, a new study finds.
Aug 28, 2006, 09:39
Contra Costa County woman died from West Nile virus
(foodconsumer.org) - The Contra Costa country health officials have confirmed three human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) and one West Nile death in the county.
Aug 24, 2006, 21:15
Alberta hotspot for mad cow disease, says R-CALF
(foodconsumer.org) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the detection of the country's eighth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease in an Alberta beef cow.
Aug 24, 2006, 13:26
Tobacco in whatever form harms the heart
(foodconsumer.org) - Tobacco usage in whatever form is harmful to the heart and significantly increases the risk of heart attack, according to a large international study.
Aug 18, 2006, 10:01
Infusions Cut Surgical Complications for Alcoholic Patients
(HealthDay News) -- Long-term alcohol use raises the risk of infection after surgery, and post-surgery pneumonia rates are three to four times higher in alcoholics. But a new study may help many patients avoid those dangers.
Aug 17, 2006, 10:22
USDA: Bird flu in Michigan poses no risk
Test results thus far indicate this is low pathogenicity avian influenza, which poses no threat to human health.
Aug 14, 2006, 13:32
Mercury pollution threatens health worldwide, scientists say
Madison -- Mercury pollution can threaten the health of people, fish, and wildlife everywhere, from industrial sites to remote corners of the planet, but reducing mercury use and emissions would lessen those threats, according to a declaration ratified today at an international conference on mercury pollution.
Aug 11, 2006, 13:57