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Better Biosecurity Could Minimize Bird Flu Outbreak

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

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.

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.

Retaliation

- Estate of Michael Harris v. Papa John's Pizza and P. J. Iowa, LC, Supreme Court of Iowa, No. 43/01-0201, 2004

Mad cow

- Is the federal testing program sufficient?

Agroterrorism

- As in many sectors of the U.S. critical infrastructure, agriculture has made great strides in security since 9-11. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) documents some of these achievements, such as ongoing vulnerability analyses conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration to determine which agriculture products are most vulnerable to terrorist attacks. But efforts elsewhere are lagging. For instance, many U.S. veterinarians lack training to identify signs of foreign animal diseases, and the USDA does not use “rapid diagnostic tools” to test animals at the site of a disease outbreak. Also, while imports have increased, agricultural inspections at ports of entry have decreased over the last two years. In addition, states aren’t receiving enough technical federal assistance in developing emergency plans to prepare them to deal with terrorism, the GAO auditors write. The auditors recommend 11 courses of action to improve the U.S. preparedness for agroterrorism. For instance, they call for expediting a USDA draft rule that would require veterinarians to be trained to recognize foreign animal diseases. SM Online has the full report.

Centralized Food Data Reporting is Lacking

- Is the lack of centralized data on some food safety issues a looming problem?

This Facade Isn’t Just a Pretty Face

- How one company built in security features when its headquarters was redesigned.

Sexual Harassment

- The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a restaurant is liable for the sexual harassment of a cocktail waitress.

Animal ID Fights Agroterrorism

- A private-sector database could serve as a repository for a U.S. Animal ID system.

Targeting May be Key to Food Safety

- Government and food industry officials are suggesting that better-targeted inspections, rather than an increased number of inspections, could be the key to food import safety.

Food-Borne Illness

- A wide range of intentional and accidental threats must be countered to protect the U.S. food supply; learn more from this Institute of Medicine of the National Academies report.
 




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