NEWS & ANALYSIS

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Could Continue For Months

The CDC says 390 have been sickened by salmonella-contaminated sushi and a food safety attorney calls for accountability.

Afternoon Security Brief: License Plate Scanners, UK Electronic Monitoring Legislation, New Mac Virus Seen in the Wild, and More

Police say license plate scanner technology would have stopped the D.C. Snipers. The United Kingdom is poised to enact broad surveillance legislation. Chinese hackers are suspected of creating a virus targeting Apple computers to monitor Tibetan sympathizers. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Police Complaints, 911 Outage Blamed on Verizon, Food Import Security, and More

Police complaints drop in Denver. Officials in Pennsylvania say equipment by Verizon caused their latest 911 center outage – the third in two weeks. The CDC says as imports increase, more outbreaks are being linked to imported food. And more.

Ingredients for Better Imports

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the first overhaul of the nation’s food safety system in more than 70 years. Nowhere is the legislation more ambitious than in provisions regarding the safety of imported food.

Yale Students Develop Rapid Bacteria Detector

A team of engineering graduate students at Yale is working to create a new technology that could help prevent widespread food-borne illness and lead to quicker diagnosis of bacterial infections.

Morning Security Brief: Open Carry Banned in California, Android Malware, Drug Legislation, and More

California bans open carry citing safety reasons. A law enforcement tool leaves Android devices open to hackers. Proposed drug legislation aims to regulate the actions of U.S. citizens in other countries. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Food Safety, Energy Sector Security, and Robots to the Rescue.

U.S. Agriculture Department proposes rule to reduce meat recalls and avoid illness from contaminated meat. Energy sector survey finds IT security still not a priority, and the U.S. Navy hopes robots can be doctors.

Food Safety Bill Approved by Congress

A food safety bill (H.R. 2751) has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. President Obama has announced that he will sign the bill.

Food Safety Bill Revived

A food safety bill (S. 510) received new life last night when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) overcame procedural objections to the bill by adding it as an amendment to another provision (H.R. 2751). The Senate then approved the measure. Now, H.R. 2751 will go back to the House of Representatives for a vote. The bill has bipartisan support in the House and is expected to pass as early as tomorrow. President Obama has announced that he will sign the bill.

Senate Passes Sweeping Food Safety & Inspection Reform Bill

If enacted, the bill would increase inspections and empower the government to require food recalls, rather than simply recommending them. The House is expected to vote on the measure before the end of the year.
 




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