FDA awards $5.2 million for food and feed safety projects

first_img FDA support will allow state, local, and tribal governments to strengthen their animal feed safety and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow”) prevention programs, the statement said. Awards of up to $250,000 went to groups in Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Washington. The funds will allow recipients to locate and visit companies that produce, distribute, and transport animal feed and verify compliance with BSE/ruminant feed bans. The grant money can also be used to assist educational outreach. “The grants represent an important step in the FDA’s continued efforts and integrate and improve the effectiveness of food safety systems at the federal, state, and local levels,” Chappell said. The awards address four areas: the ruminant feed ban support program, food safety and security monitoring, innovative food defense, and rapid response teams. Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement that the 1-year grants are cooperative agreements that are designed to support some of the food protection efforts included in the FDA’s Food Protection Plan. The FDA unveiled the Food Protection Plan in November 2007 in the wake of high-profile contamination incidents over the past few years involving domestic and imported foods. Food defense grants are intended to generate new solutions and outreach to bridge gaps in or enhance food defense, such as ALERT (Assure, Look, Employees, Reports, and Threat) system for food establishments or the FIRST (Follow, Inspect, Recognize, Secure, and Tell) system for employees, the FDA said in its statement. The awards of up to $40,000 went to two counties, Riverside in California and Multnomah in Oregon, and to the states of Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Oct 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced that it awarded 17 food and feed safety grants totaling $5.2 million to state and local regulatory agencies. The food safety and security portion of the grants will fund Food Emergency Response Network chemical laboratories and can be used to upgrade facilities, train employees in current food-testing methods, and boost laboratory sample analysis capacity, the FDA said. In the event of a chemical terrorism attack, recipients may be required to analyze food samples submitted by the FDA or other government agencies. Grants of up to $350,000 were awarded to Colorado, California, and Ohio. For the first cooperative agreement addressing rapid response teams, the funding will enable groups to develop, implement, exercise, and integrate an all-hazards food and foodborne illness response capability. The FDA said the rapid response teams will coordinate with other food and feed agencies. The groups will use incident command structure response protocols and a formalized crisis management system. Grants of up to $500,000 went to North Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, Florida, and Minnesota. See also: Sep 30 FDA news releaselast_img read more

Egyptian teen dies of H5N1 infection

first_imgDec 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry has announced that a 16-year-old girl died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country’s first human case in about 8 months, according to a report today from the World Health Organization (WHO).The girl died at Assiut University Hospital yesterday in central Egypt’s Asyut governorate, the WHO reported. She got sick on Dec 8 and was admitted 3 days later to a district hospital before she was transferred to the university facility on Dec 13. She becomes Egypt’s 51st H5N1 case and its 23rd death.She became ill after exposure to sick and dead poultry in her household, the WHO report said. The girl is from a village near the city of Asyut, the governorate’s capital, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today.Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing by Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory on the girl’s samples was positive for the H5N1 virus, and the findings were confirmed yesterday by the US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo, according to the WHO.Egypt’s last H5N1 case was reported in mid April when a 2-year-old boy became ill after having contact with sick and dead poultry, according to previous reports.Animal health experts have said that the H5N1 virus is endemic in Egypt’s poultry. The country has the most human avian influenza cases outside of the Asian countries that have been hardest hit by the virus.The girl’s death brings the WHO’s global H5N1 count to 391 cases and 247 deaths.See also:Dec 16 WHO statementApr 18 CIDRAP News story “Boy’s illness raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 50”last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Social-gathering ban, de-emphasizing seasonal flu vaccine, high Tamiflu dosing, impact on Mecca

first_imgZambian district bans social gatheringsHealth authorities in Zambia’s Luanshya district have banned weddings and other social gatherings to curb the spread of the pandemic H1N1 virus, according to a Sep 26 Times of Zambia report that was picked up by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Over the past 4 days the district has reported more than 630 suspected pandemic flu cases. Flu cases are reportedly on the rise elsewhere in Zambia, as well.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/26/content_12114449.htmSep 26 Xinhua storyBritish Columbia pares back seasonal flu effortsBritish Columbia said today it would delay promoting seasonal flu shots until early in 2010, except for those in high-risk groups such as older people, the Vancouver Sun reported. Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia announced similar steps in the past few days. The moves follow reports of an unpublished Canadian study that suggests seasonal flu vaccination may double the risk of pandemic H1N1 infection, a finding not confirmed by WHO and CDC data.High antiviral dosage may have saved H1N1 patientsDoubling the dosage of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in patients with severe H1N1 flu cases has helped Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong avoid any deaths from the disease so far, according to the Hong Kong newspaper The Standard. The hospital has treated at least 60 severely ill patients without loss of life, said Dr. David Hui Sui-cheong, a respiratory disease specialist. The hospital has focused on early treatment along with doubling the dose.http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&art_id=88437&sid=25513528&con_type=1&d_str=20090928&fc=10Sep 28 Standard reportPandemic chokes flow of pilgrims to MeccaWorries about the H1N1 pandemic have kept many Muslims from traveling to Mecca for the minor pilgrimage called umra, which can be done any time of year, according to the Herald, a Scottish newspaper. The drop in visitors has hurt business for shops, hotels, and tour operators in Mecca, with hotel occupancy rates in the last 10 days of Ramadan down by more than a third from last year. Saudi Arabia had urged the elderly and people with chronic diseases to postpone trips.http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/world-news/swine-flu-fears-keep-pilgrims-away-from-mecca-1.922671|Sep 28 Herald storylast_img read more

17.000 guests are expected in Kvarner for Easter

first_imgAccording to information gathered from hoteliers and tourism workers, around 17.000 guests will stay in Kvarner during the Easter holidays, ie from Good Friday to Easter Monday, and it is expected that they will spend 60.000 nights.“For guests who visit Kvarner, a diverse program is prepared in the spirit of the Easter holidays: concerts and similar events, gastronomic events such as the one on Krk, where certain restaurants will be able to enjoy menus with šurlice and asparagus; a reminder of traditional Easter dishes in Crikvenica or an Easter breakfast and the search for Easter eggs, which Opatija guests will be able to enjoy. ” stand out from the Kvarner Tourist Board.Hoteliers are optimistic about the good booking, although due to the earlier date of the Easter holidays, part of the hotel capacity will remain closed to guests, in most cases due to works. Thus, 80 hotels will be opened for Easter, half of which are located on the Opatija Riviera, and the most guests are expected in the hotels, around 11.000. Guests will be able to spend Easter in Kvarner camps, there will be 12 of them open, of which only the camp “Selce” is located on the mainland, and the remaining 11 are on the islands. About 2.000 guests are expected in the camps. About 3.000 guests opted for private accommodation.In 2018, growth of 5% is expected in Kvarner According to the program, Kvarner tourism expects 2,6 million arrivals and 14,5 million overnight stays next year, which is 5% more than in 2016. The largest primary markets in Kvarner remain Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, clearly with domestic guests. Priority tourist products that the Kvarner Tourist Board will primarily focus on next year are products that attract guests outside the main tourist season, ie active holidays, sports products and soft adventure, health tourism, cultural, holiday and nautical and business tourism.Related news:HOW TO GET INTEREST FROM ONLY 1 PERCENT? JOIN THE KVARNER FAMILY QUALITY MARK PROGRAMlast_img read more

Study of reception capacities of tourism in Split-Dalmatia County published

first_imgThe Split-Dalmatia County presented at the beginning of the week Study of the reception capacities of tourism in its area, and now the entire document of the Study has been published, which is attached.It is an expert document prepared for the county by the Institute of Tourism, which provides answers to many questions of sustainability and future planning of tourism development in the Split-Dalmatia County, while taking into account sustainable development and quality of life of the local community.The study of reception capacities of tourism is the first document of a tourist region in Croatia that defines the total load accommodation capacity for the area of ​​each of the six clusters in the county. Side dish: STUDY OF ACCEPTANCE CAPACITIES OF TOURISM IN THE AREA OF SPLIT-DALMATIA COUNTYlast_img read more

The 5th regional Family Accommodation Forum for the City of Zagreb has been announced

first_imgThe forum is of an educational nature and is intended for providers of household accommodation services from the area of ​​the City of Zagreb. The aim of the Forum is to help renters solve everyday problems they encounter in their work and introduce them to tools for improving the accommodation service that can help them follow the fast-growing trends in the domestic and foreign tourism market. HGK – Chamber of Zagreb and the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb, are organizing the 5th Regional Forum of Family Accommodation for the City of Zagreb, which will be held on March 2, 2020 at 10.00, in HGK – Chamber of Zagreb, Draškovićeva 45. Cover photo: Erin East, Pixabay / HrTurizam.hrcenter_img Participation in the Forum is free, and to secure your place you can confirm your arrival online application on the page.last_img read more

Make sure eagle gets the honor it deserves

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was saddened to read about the accident between the bald eagle and the Duanesburg school bus. I’m so glad the children and driver are safe.The eagle was given to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. U.S. Fish and Wildlife used to give the remains to a Native American elder to dispose of respectfully: Feathers were harvested for honorings; bones were made into Sundance whistles.I hope this practice continues so that this eagle is appreciated for its life and honored.Melinda PerrinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

Spa City will be hurt by charter change

first_imgSaratoga Springs isn’t a textbook case. It’s extraordinary, unlike any other cities in New York. The commission tried attempting to sell voters a bill of goods on flawed research while ignoring the mayor’s inactions.Atlantic City is a prime example of where the new proposed form of government has failed. Once an elegant, seasonal tourist destination with a race track, ocean and white sandy beach, it had politicians promote a charter change from commissioner-run to hiring a manager. The last 30 years is its regrettable history.Over our last 30 years, Saratoga Springs has successfully blossomed into a year-round tourist destination. The success of the City Center has and will continue to expand our city’s growth potential and increase our tax base.Vote to keep our current charter. Then qualified residents will promote serving with continued success.Dan MurphySaratoga Springs According to the Saratoga Springs Charter Commission, the purpose behind adopting a new charter is based on the premise that the Saratoga Springs community will eventually fail in its ability to have competent, interested residents willing to serve as commissioners.Voters, weighing the differences between the new vs. the current charter, should be insulted by negative thinkers, believing that no resident is sufficiently competent to achieve the learning curve to be a commissioner and to want to serve and to preserve our heritage.Hiring a stranger to dictate the future of our unique community is wrong. Having elections implicates politics, even more so with a city manager.The new charter proposes to increase government, decrease benefits, and reduce the budget. Trusted financial advisers to the city disagree and say it will increase taxes. They challenged the commission on failing to factor in hidden costs. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

Case study: Bromley

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