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Monday, June 30, 2014

6/30/14 Health News: MEDIUM-RARE BURGERS RISKY ♦ BAN ON ANTIBIOTIC USE ON FARMS ♦ CONGRESSWOMEN PROPOSE WOULD MAKE MEAT SAFER ♦ Mexico,s First Case of Chikungunya

MEDIUM-RARE BURGERS: A RISKY CULINARY COMEBACK
For those in the food industry, the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak of 1993 is known as the single event that convinced burger joints across the country to raise their internal cooking temperature by 15 degrees. In that outbreak, hamburgers sold at Jack in the Box franchises predominantly in Washington state sickened more... Continue Reading
AMA SEEKS BAN ON ANTIBIOTIC USE ON FARMS FOR GROWTH PROMOTION
The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for federal action to ban antibiotic use in food animals for growth promotion purposes so as to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. “Use drives resistance and overuse drives resistance to happen even faster,” said David Wallinga, a physician on the Keep Antibiotics Working steering committee. There is... Continue Reading
 CONGRESSWOMEN PROPOSE SOLUTION TO ISSUE OF PATHOGENS AS ADULTERANTS
Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are introducing a bill in the House of Representatives that would give the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the authority to declare any foodborne pathogen an adulterant and recall contaminated products. The “Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act” amends the Federal Meat Inspection... Continue Reading
Mexico Confirms First Case of Chikungunya Virus
A health official says Mexico has its first confirmed case of a person infected with a new mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly in the Caribbean. Continue Reading

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