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Anthrax outbreak: Two more blue bulls die, count reaches 14

(The Express Tribune) Talking to The Express Tribune, a wildlife department official said owing to the possibility of panic and fear among the locals, the department has decided to call the disease a flu instead of anthrax. 12 blue bulls were killed by anthrax on March 19.

  • April 1, 2014

Brighter future for bacteria detection

(MIT News Office) Ever wonder why fruits and vegetables sometimes hit the shelves contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as listeria, E. coli, and salmonella? According to Tim Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering at MIT, it boils down to the inefficient bacteria-detection assays used in the food industry. In some cases,  Read More »

  • April 1, 2014

Foot-and-Mouth Continues to Spread

(DailyNK) Foot-and-mouth disease appears to have spread throughout North Korea, with reports of infected cattle as far south as Kangwon Province. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced during a press conference on the 28th that at least four cattle with the highly contagious disease had been discovered at a cooperative farm near the  Read More »

  • March 28, 2014

Could Our Food Supply Be A Target For Terrorists?

(NPR) It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: Villains bent on chaos set their sights on a food company — an easy target — with plans to lace its products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out in time to save the day. Sound far-fetched? Not according to U.S. regulators who  Read More »

  • March 19, 2014

FDA Moves To Head Off Food Terrorism

(Here & Now) In the wake of September 11th, the U.S. government spent years and billions of dollars fortifying various industries against possible terrorist attacks. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is tackling the issue. The agency is currently crafting rules with the intent to strengthen vulnerable sections of the food system.

  • March 16, 2014