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Food safety

5 of 7 E. coli cases in western New York linked; source a mystery – Food Safety News

Officials believe water is the source of the outbreak but don’t have an official answer yet.

USDA offers tips to coastal residents preparing for Isaac and other tropical storms – USDA Blog

The USDA has some food safety suggestions for those affected by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Consumer groups urge labeling of mechanically tenderized meat products – BarfBlog

Members of a food safety group are pushing for mechanically-tenderized beef to be labeled, citing the possibility for contamination.

How 40% of our food goes to waste – The Atlantic

Most losses are at the consumer level.

Mexico avian flu outbreak leads to current “egg crisis”; price increases by 100 percent – Latinos Post

Following a massive outbreak of avian flu in Mexico that led to the deaths of millions of chickens, the price of eggs has skyrocketed.

 

Animal safety

West Nile outbreak – Fully Vetted

More than 550 people in Texas have contracted the virus, which also can spread to horses.

2nd Yosemite visitor dies of rodentborne illness – USA Today

Two people have died after contracting hantavirus, a pathogen spread by rodents.

H3N2v update: New cases reported, limited person-to-person transmission detected – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More than 270 cases of H3N2v, commonly known as swine flu, have been reported across 10 states. Although most people are believed to have contracted the virus from pigs, the CDC also is reporting three instances where it may have been passed from person to person.

For more posts related to H3N2v, click here.

Agriculture

Weekly mycotoxin update for Aug. 27 – Neogen

About 23 percent of the U.S. corn crop is in good condition with aflatoxin contamination present in more than 10 states.

U.S. Drought Monitor for Aug. 21, 2012 – droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Some areas, such as the part of the Ohio Valley, benefitted from rain recently while other areas in states such as Oklahoma have had worsening conditions.

Toxicology

Rhode Island Hospital study finds PMP (prescription monitoring drug programs) could increase demand for drug treatment, reduce painkiller abuse – ForTox.org

Healthcare providers that use prescription monitoring programs can respond better to painkiller abuse.

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