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- A “network of networks” still doesn’t exist to tie together the United States’ disparate food-safety information resources. Two researchers criticize the government for not providing the leadership to make it happen.

Food Safety

- New strategies are needed to fight food-borne illnesses such as Salmonella and E. Coli pathogens, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bill Would Give DHS Control of Foot-and-Mouth Research

- House and Senate conferees have put language in the proposed farm bill that would give DHS authority to move research of foot-and-mouth disease into the continental United States.

USDA Working Hard to Prevent Agroterrorism, Secretary Says

- "More than ever, we have to assure Americans that their food is safe," Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer told agricultural security stakeholders attending the Third International Symposium on Agroterrorism.

Better Biosecurity Could Minimize Bird Flu Outbreak

- Two experts described the socioeconomic and cultural conditions that create poor biosecurity practices in the developing world.

FBI: Agroterror Could Devastate Broader U.S. Economy

- A top U.S. intelligence analyst says that a successful attack on U.S. agriculture could have a ripple effect through both the U.S. economy and foreign trade.

Foot and Mouth Disease Research Could Move to Continental U.S.

- The Bush Administration wants to move research into the disease from an isolated island off the coast of Long Island, New York, to the continental United States, sparking fears an accident could release the disease into nearby livestock herds and decimate them.

Foodborne Illnesses' Decline Continues to Stall in 2007

- Rate of Salmonella infections miss national health targets by the widest margin of any other foodborne illness tracked by the CDC.

Food Testing Trends

- Emerging technology may help food-safety testing meet the challenges of today's fast-paced global supply chain.

Protecting the Brand

- It is crucial for companies to develop strategies to protect their reputations, which includes preventing and responding to incidents involving food products.

Recipe for Success

- The European Union has a number of initiatives underway that it hopes are the right ingredients for securing the food supply.Sidebar: China Syndrome

FDA Leafy Greens Inspection Lax, Lawmakers Find

- Congressional Democrats find that the FDA failed to meet its own standards for inspection of facilities that process leafy greens, and when it did find violations, the agency took no "meaningful" enforcement action.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Food Safety

- A bill (H.R. 3967) introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to refuse admission of food into the United States under certain circumstances. (Currently, the Food and Drug Administration oversees the inspection of imported food.)
 




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