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Sentencing scheduled for peanut executive in salmonella case

(Washington Post)- ALBANY, Ga. — A former peanut executive convicted of shipping tainted food and faking lab tests for contaminants could be sent to prison for life when he’s sentenced by a federal judge.

Power, airflow, safety issues plague high-tech CDC labs

(USA Today) Multimillion-dollar, high-tech laboratory buildings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that house deadly bacteria and viruses continue to suffer power outages and failures of important airflow systems that help prevent pathogens from being released, records obtained by USA TODAY show.  The incidents have resulted in staff being evacuated and have exposed  Read More »

Senators, health experts demand action to address biolab accidents

(USA Today)  Key members of Congress, public health leaders and biosecurity experts demand better oversight and accountability for laboratories in the wake of a USA TODAY Network investigation that revealed widespread safety lapses and pervasive secrecy that obscures failings by researchers and regulators.  The investigation uncovered hundreds of lab accidents and near-miss incidents that occurred  Read More »

Scores of labs may have received live anthrax samples from Army facility

(LA Times) An Army bio-defense facility in Utah may have mistakenly sent live anthrax samples to 51 commercial companies, academic institutions and federal labs without proper safeguards, more than double the total disclosed last week, a widening Pentagon investigation has found.

CDC using new technology to track Blue Bell listeria cases

The government is relying on some new technology — as well as a bit of luck — to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.