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
The Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners plans to decide this Tuesday whether the county should start a needle exchange program.Governor DeSantis signed a bill last week that allows counties to partner with private entities to provide free, sterile syringes to injection drug users.However, the final law does not permit counties to fund the programs using tax dollars.Melissa McKinlay, County Commissioner for District 6, tells our news partner, CBS12, that she expects the measure to pass.“Our community is literally dying because they don’t have access to a 7 cent syringe,” says Justin Kunzelman, co-founder of Rebel Recovery Florida, a drug rehab organization in West Palm Beach.Dirty needles, which are often shared by injection drug users who cannot afford medical care, sometimes spread blood-borne diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C.Kunzelman explains, “After the first use, the tip of syringe gets dull, it gets burs on it. Reusing that syringe, one, opens the community up to the spread of infectious disease and two, further injures the person using it.”Kunzelman also wants to see the county make access to drugs like naloxone and narcan, which help to stop an overdose, easier.The Florida Sheriff’s Association previously opposed elements of the bill in the legislature, and other law enforcement groups worry that it may condone illegal activity.Palm Beach County had about 380 deaths from opioids in 2018. Of those, 21 percent were tied to heroin, according to the county medical examiner.
Clonmany native Stephen McLaughlin has joined Bristol City from Nottingham Forest on loan until January 2014 subject to Football league approval. The exciting winger signed for Forest in January 2013 from Derry City after a couple of outstanding seasons at the Brandywell.McLaughlin has yet to make a senior appearance for Forest but has been on the bench on a number of occasions. It is believed that Billy Davies rates McLaughlin highly but feels he will benefit from regular first-team football with Bristol.McLaughlin came to prominence with Finn Harps in 2009 before joining Derry City in 2011. FORMER HARPS STAR MCLAUGHLIN MOVES FROM FOREST TO BRISTOL ON LOAN was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bristol Cityderry cityfinn harpsForestStephen McLaughlin