Tag: Disease

UK Foot-and-mouth Disease Study: Impacts for the Future, Not the Past

A May 6 study in Science with the banal title of “Relationship Between Clinical Signs and Transmission of an Infectious Disease and the Implications for Control,” written by a number of scientists at the Institute for Animal Health in Surrey and the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, has garnered a … Continue Reading

Judge Denies Class Action Status in McDonald’s French Fry and Hash Brown Litigation

A lawsuit claiming that McDonald’s deceived the public about ingredients in its french fries and hash browns will not proceed as a class action. A federal judge in Chicago has denied the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, characterizing the proposed class and subclasses as “too indefinite and overbroad.” According to the court’s opinion, the potato suppliers … Continue Reading

Pork Producers Feel Effects of Swine Flu

Pork producers are feeling the effects of the swine flu as the number of reported cases of the virus increases.  Stock prices for Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, and Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, fell 12 percent and 9 percent today, respectively.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the prices of hogs, corn, and … Continue Reading

FDA and CDC Warn of Salmonella in Raw Sprouts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending against eating raw alfalfa sprouts because of potential salmonella contamination. According to the FDA, the salmonella contamination appears to be in seeds for alfalfa sprouts. As of yesterday, 31 cases of illness with Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported to the … Continue Reading

Food-Borne Illness: Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a study of the incidence of food-borne illness in ten states.  The study, by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, known as "FoodNet", in general concludes that food-borne illness has not significantly either increased or decreased in the United States since 2004, after substantial gains in food safety … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Focuses on Food Safety

The Obama administration placed food safety front and center over the weekend. In his weekly radio address, President Obama on Saturday announced new leadership at the Food and Drug Administration and the creation of a panel to toughen food safety laws. Characterizing outdated food safety laws and the lack of resources at the FDA as “a … Continue Reading

Breakthrough in Detection of BSE (a.k.a. “Mad Cow Disease”)

No food-borne illness induces consumer fear like Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE a.k.a. "Mad Cow Disease"). The beef industry in particular has gone to great lengths to take preventative steps against the introduction of BSE into U.S. herds. A big problem in controlling BSE is that it’s difficult to detect. The only detection method currently available … Continue Reading
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