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Senators Call on Obama for Increased NARMS Funding

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are urging the president to include $15 million in his fiscal year 2016 budget request for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), which tracks antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens. The letter, which was sent Monday, stated that the increase would “significantly improve our… Continue Reading

CDC Report Finds High Sodium Consumption Among U.S. Kids

More than 40 percent of the sodium they consume comes from 10 common types of food

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More than 90 percent of U.S. children aged 6-18 years eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report released on Tuesday. This report provides the most recent data detailing how much sodium school-age children eat and where… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Six of the PCA Trial

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This past Thursday, a juror in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives became ill about two hours into the court session. Judge W. Louis Sands opted to send the entire jury home and adjourned the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Georgia early for the day. Even… Continue Reading

Green Cabbage Likely Caused Minnesota’s Recent E. Coli O111 Outbreak

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The 15 cases of E. coli O111 reported in Minnesota this summer were probably linked to green whole head cabbage, says the state’s health department. Health officials’ routine monitoring identified the cases of illness associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O111. Bacterial isolates from all of the cases had the same DNA fingerprint. The illnesses occurred between… Continue Reading

Cronobacter Infections May Be More Common Than Previously Thought

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Infections from a lesser-known foodborne pathogen most commonly associated with infants may be more common in elderly populations — and even adults and adolescents — than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, set to be published in the September issue of… Continue Reading

How CDC Uses Antibiotic Resistance Data

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Over the past year, you may have noticed that antimicrobial resistance information has been incorporated in the outbreak reports put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency recently introduced the measure to address the goal of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) to get such information to the public…. Continue Reading

CDC: Outbreak Linked to Organic Sprouted Chia Powder Produced Three Salmonella Strains

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Organic sprouted chia powder was responsible for an unusual Salmonella outbreak — which now appears to be over — that sickened 31 people in 16 states. It was unusual in that the organic sprouted chia powder was said to be responsible for three strains of Salmonella in the single outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

What to Expect From Future NARMS Reports

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The 2011 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Executive Summary was released on Monday, and while it may have been a bit dense for the average consumer, FDA is planning to revamp the format of these reports to make them more accessible. The reports summarize information on Salmonella, Campylobacter and generic E. coli from all… Continue Reading

Federal Data Show Increases, Decreases in Antimicrobial Trends

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A day before its 2014 Scientific Meeting at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its latest Executive Report, detailing the trends in antimicrobial resistance. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture to track antibiotic resistance in foodborne Salmonella,… Continue Reading

CDC: 300 People Infected With Salmonella Linked to Contact With Live Poultry

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The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that, as of Aug. 5, 300 people from 42 states and Puerto Rico have been reported to be infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport or Salmonella Hadar. Since the last CDC update on June 27, 2014, a… Continue Reading