January 2009

The White House is pledging stricter oversight of food safety in response to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people in the United States and Canada and killed at least eight.  Press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that President Barack Obama plans to announce a new Food and Drug Administration commissioner and

CDC reported today that 529 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 43 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arizona (11), Arkansas (5), California (68), Colorado (13), Connecticut (9), Georgia (6), Hawaii (3), Idaho (13), Illinois (6), Indiana (6), Iowa

And people say investigative journalism is a lost art. Hat tip to Sharon Theimer and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of AP for uncovering that “weeks before the earliest signs of a national Salmonella outbreak that now has been traced to peanuts from a Georgia processing plant, peanuts exported by [Peanut Corporation of America] were found to be

According to AP reports, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will conduct hearings the week of February 11, 2009 into the cause of the Peanut Butter Outbreak that has sickened over 500 and killed eight.  It is anticipated that Mr. Waxman will ask Salmonella victims to tell their stories,