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Bird flu deaths bring live poultry market ban in Hunan province

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Live poultry sales are being shut down in China’s central Hunan province because one strain of bird flu has turned deadly for people. Americans are being cautioned about the outbreak, but are not being warned against travel to Hunan. China is temporarily closing the live poultry markets in Hunan because five deaths are now attributed to… Continue Reading

Bipartisan vote crushes Virginia bill to legalize raw milk sales

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Republicans and Democrats joined forces in a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates to defeat an attempt to legalize the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk by a vote of more than two to one. The 6-15 vote against House Bill 2030 saw all six votes in favor cast by Republican members of the Committee… Continue Reading

Hawaii lawmakers say locavores want unpasteurized, raw milk

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Citing increasing demand for local food, a group of state legislators in Hawaii is supporting a bill to allow the sale of raw milk in retail stores, but only if it has “a label that warns about the risks of consuming unpasteurized milk, especially to children and the elderly.” “The legislature finds that consumers’ food… Continue Reading

Top food safety job and others remain to be filled at USDA

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With the somewhat tardy appointment of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture combined with Senate Democrats taking their time with the confirmation process, there’s going to be a backup of some other important appointments at USDA and across the federal government. And the backup is occurring even though one man came close to… Continue Reading

Rear Admiral with a lot of experience now acting CDC director

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At noon Friday, when President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office, Dr. Tom Frieden ceased being director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He left CDC on a day when the agency was dealing with the first known outbreak in the U.S. of Seoul Virus, a form of hantavirus, linked to… Continue Reading

Alaska legislature considers bill to legalize some raw milk sales

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The Alaska Legislature was called into session Tuesday in the capital city of Juneau. Its location in the temperature-transition zone usually makes Juneau a warmer place to hang out than the rest of the 49th State during winter. Opening signs are the Alaska Legislature is also going to be a warm place for raw milk… Continue Reading

Texas team develops oral vaccine against Salmonella

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Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed an oral vaccine against the foodborne pathogen responsible for the most hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. It will likely take about five years before the Salmonella vaccine is available to the public, said lead researcher Ashok Chopra, professor of microbiology and… Continue Reading

Feds waited 8 months to reveal cucumber Salmonella outbreak

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The fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cucumbers since 2013 sickened people in at least eight states and spurred a national grocery chain to pull mini cucumbers from shelves this past spring — but federal officials didn’t go public about it until this week. In a report dated today, eight months after the outbreak, scientists… Continue Reading

FDA’s antimicrobial drug tally for food animals up 1 percent

However, sales of some specific drugs has decreased; overall rate of sales increases is slowing

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s annual report summarizing sales and distribution data for antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals is out. The report shows that sales and distribution of all antimicrobials increased 1 percent from 2014 through 2015, tying for the lowest annual increase since 2009. The percentage of those antimicrobials that… Continue Reading

Top food safety stories of 2016 include criminal investigations

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The editors of Food Safety News have complied this list of major news from 2016. While the year will no doubt be best remember for its presidential election, there were other milestones worth remembering as we prepare to turn the page and begin the New Year. No. 10 — Mike Taylor leaves FDA, heads to the… Continue Reading