The announcement comes in the wake of a string of high-profile E coli outbreaks in recent months that were clearly or possibly linked to fresh produce. A September outbreak traced to fresh spinach sickened more than 200 people, and lettuce was suspected in separate outbreaks linked to Taco Bell and Taco John’s restaurants later in the fall. Determine the potential for E coli to be internalized into lettuce or spinach A scientific advisory panel assembled by the company has chosen five research priorities and will evaluate research proposals and disseminate findings, the company said in a Jan 17 news release. The panel is chaired by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. Other members are Dr. Jeff Farrar, California Department of Health Services; Dr. Bob Buchanan, US Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Bob Gravani, Cornell University; and Dr. Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota. Jan 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Fresh Express, a California company that produces bagged salads and other produce products, announced this week it would provide up to $2 million for research on how to keep Escherichia coli O157:H7 out of fresh produce. The scientific advisory panel, composed of unpaid volunteers, has been meeting since May 2006 to pick the most important research gaps concerning the “source, mode of action and life cycle” of E coli O157:H7 in fresh produce, Fresh Express said. Identify new strategies and technologies to reduce the potential for E coli to contaminate leafy green produce Fresh Express said none of its products have ever been shown to have caused an illness outbreak, but the company decided to fund the research and share the results in the hope of benefiting both the produce industry and consumers. Determine the ability of E coli to survive composting processes “We systematically used our individual areas of expertise to scrutinize the entire supply chain and ultimately uncover the areas where we collectively agreed more research was necessary,” Osterholm commented in the news release. “From this process, the five critical research priorities began to emerge fairly constantly.” The chosen research priorities are as follows: Determine the ability of E coli to multiply in the presence of normal background flora following the harvest of produce such as lettuce and spinach Conduct field studies to identify sources, vehicles, and factors that affect the extent of E coli contamination of leafy green produce “Funding is available immediately, and all proposals will be reviewed against guidelines established independently by this scientific advisory panel,” the company said. “The panel is empowered, without restriction by Fresh Express, to review proposals, make funding decisions and monitor and disseminate research results.” See also: Jan 17 Fresh Express news releasehttp://freshexpress.biz/assets/news/freshnews/pr070118a.pdf
Topics : The Transportation Ministry has assured that it would apply a special procedure on cargoes from China.Read also: Indonesia to decide whether to ban more Chinese imports over coronavirus concerns“We will carry out specific measures for air cargo from China,” the ministry’s director general of civil aviation, Novie Riyanto, said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The procedure will include the following: Indonesia plans to temporarily halt cargoes of live animals from China to prevent the Wuhan coronavirus from entering the country, but will continue to receive other shipments of goods — via both air and sea — as usual.“In a Cabinet meeting with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo [on Tuesday], which was also attended by Transportation Minister, it was decided that we will carry on with our previous arrangements for shipments from China, except for live animals,” Transportation Ministry spokesman Hengki Angkasawan said on Wednesday. He added that there were no cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) being transmitted through goods. 1. Airports that serve cargo flights from China must provide isolated parking areas.2. Specific measures will be carried out on the aircraft. They will involve Air Traffic Control (ATC), the Port Health Office (KKP) and ground handling personnel. Ground handling personnel are required to wear hazmat suits when handling the aircraft.3. Air transportation companies must report crew members and cargo manifests to the airport. The data will be handed to local authorities, including the Port Health Office, as well as to ground handling personnel.4. In-charge ATC officers must report the aircraft to the head of the airport.5. The authorities will disinfect the aircraft, crew members, luggage and the cargo. 6. Aircraft crew members are not allowed to disembark while the aircraft is on the ground.Hengki added that the Transportation Ministry would coordinate with the Agriculture Ministry, Trade Ministry and Health Ministry in determining a specific procedure for handling cargo with horticulture and food products — including garlic and fruits — from China.
ALGONA, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chasing the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour provide part of the fireworks at Algona Raceway’s Tuesday, July 1 Salute to Veterans Spectacular.Traveling Modifieds race for $2,000 to win their 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. The runner-up earns $1,050, with $950 for third and $850 for fourth.Top prize for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $1,500 while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both vie for $1,200 to win. The Mach-1 Sport Compact feature pays $200 to win.Cruisers complete the program. All classes will be draw/redraw and features will start 24 cars.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded; Modifieds also get special series points. Winners in all divisions receive six-foot tall trophies. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Family passes are $40 and pit passes are $25. All veterans receive free admission to the grandstand. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. The draw closes and hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. More information is available at the www.algonaraceway.com website.The evening ends with a fireworks display.XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 40; 2. J.J. Wise, Garner, 39; 3. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, 38; 4. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, 37; 5. Mike Jergens, Plover, 36; 6. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 35; 7. Levi Nielsen, Mason City, 34; 8. Tyler Heetland, Bancroft, 33; 9. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 32; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 31; 11. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, 30; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 29; 13. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, 28; 14. Cory Wray, Jamesport, Mo., 27; 15. Zach Less, Hopkinton, 26; 16. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland, 25; 17. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 24; 18. Alex Hanson, Northwood, 23; 19. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 22; 20. Kyle Brown, Kellogg, 21.