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FSIS set to begin dioxin analysis of U.S. meat, poultry

Federal agencies are set to begin a year-long testing program on U.S. beef, pork and poultry to measure the levels of a highly toxic group of chemicals called dioxins, which are best known for their use in Agent Orange and other herbicides. The 2018 Dioxin Survey, headed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services… Continue Reading

Researchers discover how foodborne pathogen triggers GBS

Public health officials have known for some time that Guillain-Barre Syndrome could be triggered by the foodborne Campylobacter jejuni, but a research team at Michigan State University only recently discovered how the pathogen commonly found in undercooked chicken leads to the paralyzing neuromuscular disorder. Funded by the federal government’s National Institutes of Health Enterics Research… Continue Reading

Feds offer prizes for innovative ways to fight drug-resistant bacteria

Two federal programs are coordinating on $20 million in prizes for all phases of competition for new, innovative, and novel laboratory diagnostic tests to combat the development and spread of drug-resistant bacteria. Announced Sept. 8 by the National Institutes of Health and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the competition —… Continue Reading

K-State researcher gets $2M grant to develop E. coli vaccines

Weiping Zhang, professor of microbiology and a researcher with Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has received a five-year, $2.1-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his work on developing vaccines for E. coli-associated diarrhea in both humans and animals. The grant is Zhang’s third he’s received in three years in… Continue Reading

Indiana University Gets Big NIH Grant to Research Antibiotic Resistance

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.3 million to a team at Indiana University for researching a new solution to the problem of antibiotic resistance, a significant and growing health concern in recent years. Each year in the U.S., Salmonella alone sickens an estimated 1.2 million people while hospitalizing 19,000 and killing 380, according to… Continue Reading

FDA to Respond This Week to Petition to Ban BPA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to announce this week whether it will ban bisphenol A, a controversial chemical commonly known as BPA, in food and beverage packaging. The deadline, this Saturday, was set as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) against FDA. The… Continue Reading

Registry to Include Animal Drugs, Pet Food

Since early September, federal law has required any facility that manufactures, packs, or holds human or animal food to issue an electronic report to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if the company realizes it shipped potentially harmful food into commerce. Yesterday the FDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new Website… Continue Reading

National Kidney Month Kicks Off

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which makes up part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has issued a press release recognizing World Kidney Day on March 11.  The awareness-raising day occurs during National Kidney Month.  According to NIDDK, “Chronic kidney disease affects approximately 23 million adults in the… Continue Reading