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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/17/14 Health News: MEDICAL DEVICE FILTERS OUT PATHOGENS ♦ NEW SALMONELLA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR MEATS ♦ ANTIBIOTICS USE IN POULTRY

DEVELOPING MEDICAL DEVICE CAN FILTER OUT PATHOGENS
Researchers at Harvard University are developing a medical device designed to mimic the human spleen in order to fight a variety of deadly pathogens, including everything from E. coli to Ebola, according to The Washington Post. So far, the device — called the biospleen — has proven effective at filtering at least 90 different ailments... Continue Reading
NEW FSIS SALMONELLA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR BEEF AND POULTRY EXPECTED
A top official with USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) told a meat industry conference that ended Sunday in Charleston, SC, to expect new performance standards for Salmonella. Rachel Edelstein, acting assistant administrator of the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development, told the North American Meat Association meeting that her unit is testing... Continue Reading
POULTRY ‘FEED TICKETS’ SHOW SYSTEMATIC ANTIBIOTICS USE
On Monday, Reuters published its analysis of “feed tickets” from Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Perdue Farms, George’s and Koch Foods in order to illustrate how U.S. poultry producers systematically feed antibiotics to their chickens. Mills that make feed for companies issue these feed tickets to chicken growers listing the types, amounts, and FDA-approved purposes for each... Continue Reading

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