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GAO says USDA needs to tighten up policies at certain labs

A federal review of laboratories handling many of the most dangerous pathogens on the planet, including some that can be foodborne such as Brucella and bacterium that cause botulism poisoning, shows room for improvement. The “high-containment laboratories” are overseen by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

Texas Rewrites Rules for Managing Infectious Diseases

The next time Texas fights an outbreak of infectious disease, it won’t be using the rule book it followed when Ebola came to Dallas. At least that’s if the House of Representatives goes along with a state Senate-passed bill and Gov. Greg Abbott signs the measure, which is based in part on the Ebola experiences… Continue Reading

EFSA: No Ebola Virus Threat From Legally Imported African Foods

Raw foods that legally reach Europe, including plants, fruits, and vegetables, pose no risk of Ebola virus transmission, according to a new report by scientists with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). And no human has ever been known to become infected with the Ebola virus from consumption of legally important foods into the European… Continue Reading

What it Takes to be a ‘Meaningful Messenger’ for Food Safety

Food-safety messengers need to “hit home, hit the heart and hit hard,” Dana Pitts told attendees of the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference in early December. Until very recently, Pitts was associate director of communications for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: CDC

Opinion

Your faithful scribes here at Food Safety News deal daily with many federal and state food safety agencies. How we are able to interact with these organizations is a big factor in how effective we are in keeping you up to date on food safety. Among these agencies, none is more important than the federal… Continue Reading

In Light of Ebola Outbreak, WHO Issues Food Safety Reminders

On Sunday, the World Health Organization released an information note regarding Ebola and food safety. A serious, ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Africa has killed more than 1,400 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, and another is potentially emerging in Central Africa. Ebola viruses are known to cause epidemics of disease… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: The Outbreak Express

Opinion

We did, as reported in this space last week, make a transition to a new publishing platform. It did require more of some of us than others. I should confess that of all of those who participated in the move to the new system, I was the most resistant to change. I’ve raised hanging back… Continue Reading

Deadly African Ebola Virus Linked to Bushmeat

“There’s a live animal caught in a poacher’s snare!” yelled Isaac Maina as he took off running through the bush to reach it. Maina leads the African Network for Animal Welfare’s monthly “desnaring” operations, removing snares in areas of Kenya where poaching is rampant. Guns are illegal for most people in Kenya, so poachers seeking… Continue Reading