Officials release food safety plan, egg safety rules

first_imgJul 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group announced its key steps today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled sweeping new egg safety rules designed to reduce the burden of Salmonella illnesses in humans.The measures are part of the Obama’s administration’s focus on food safety issues, one that follows several recent high-profile outbreaks involving such foods as peanuts, pistachios, hot peppers, and ground beef.Key food safety stepsAt a press conference in Washington, D.C., today, administration officials announced the findings of the working group that was appointed by Obama in March. Vice President Joe Biden, flanked by US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, said keeping food safe is a basic government responsibility.”Our food safety system must be updated—1 in 4 people get sick every year due to foodborne illness, and children and the elderly are more at risk,” he said in a press release.Sebelius added: “Instead of spending their time trying to get kids to eat healthier food, too many parents and families are worrying about whether their food is safe to eat in the first place,”Vilsack said every American is affected by efforts to make the nation’s food supply safer. “We owe it to the American people to deliver on President Obama’s bold promise to greatly enhance our food safety system, moving our approach into the 21st century.”The working group’s key steps for improving food safety include:Tasking the HHS and USDA with developing tougher standards to reduce Salmonella contamination in eggs and poultryReducing Escherichia coli contamination by having the USDA tighten enforcement at beef facilities and having the FDA develop new industry guidance for leafy greens, tomatoes, and melonsBuilding a new national traceback and response system that provides clear guidance and quicker safety alerts for consumersImproving federal food safety oversight and appointing new food safety positions in key agenciesEgg regulations target SalmonellaShortly after the administration released the Food Safety Working Group’s game plan, FDA officials announced at a press conference final egg safety rules designed to reduce illnesses and deaths caused by Salmonella Enteritidis. The rules were first proposed in September 2004.Initial refrigeration requirements in the 1990s limited the growth of bacteria, but haven’t prevented initial contamination from occurring, the FDA said in a press release today.FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, told reporters that reducing Salmonella Enteritidis in eggs is an important element of the Food Safety Working Group’s goals and projected that the new regulations could prevent 79,000 cases of foodborne illness each year and 30 deaths. “Preventing harm to consumers is our first priority,” she said.”This may seem pretty straightforward, but this has taken a long time,” she said. “This will really make a difference and will be a great benefit to public health at a small cost to consumers.”The new rules apply to all egg producers with at least 3,000 laying hens, which account for 99% of eggs sold in the United States, FDA officials said. Producers that have 50,000 or more laying hens must comply with the rule within 12 months of its publication in the Federal Register, and those with between 3,000 and 50,000 birds have 36 months to comply.The new rule requires egg producers to:Restrict chick and young hen purchases to suppliers who monitor for SalmonellaEstablish rodent, pest control, and other biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of SalmonellaConduct Salmonella testing in poultry barns; positive tests warrant further testing over the next 8 weeks, and if follow-up tests are positive, eggs must be destroyed or tagged for nonfood useClean and disinfect poultry barns that test positive for SalmonellaRefrigerate eggs at 45°F during storage and transport no later than 36 hours after the eggs are laid.Stephen Sundlof, DVM, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said the new rules are modeled after voluntary quality assurance programs that include egg producers in several states, accounting for about half of the nation’s egg production. He added that the new rule will bring uniformity to how all eggs are produced in the United States.Nancy Bufano, an official in the FDA’s dairy and egg safety division, said the biggest change is probably the refrigeration part of the rule. Currently, egg producers are only required to refrigerate the eggs as soon as they are packaged for consumers.The FDA estimates that the rule will provide a $1.4 billion public health savings at an annual cost of $81 million to producers, or less than 1 cent per dozen eggs.Hamburg said individual consumers still have an important role to play in egg safety by properly refrigerating eggs, using safe handling techniques to avoid cross-contamination, and by disposing of products that appear spoiled.Cautiously optimistic reactionsFoodborne disease expert Craig Hedberg, PhD, of the University of Minnesota, said the new egg regulations represent a reasonable set of guidelines. But because some researchers calculate a much higher overall Salmonella burden—1 to 2 million cases and about 500 deaths—the expected benefits of the rules might not be as dramatic as some experts predict.Without a dramatic decrease in illnesses, the plateau in Salmonella reduction that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified in its FoodNet data may likely persist, he said Hedberg, a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences of the School of Public Health.Previous temperature-control steps have helped mitigate Salmonella amplification in eggs, but food safety experts would like to see more prevention of the initial contamination, Hedberg said. “Implementation of the steps in these regulations will likely help but will not eliminate the problem entirely.”The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued an e-mail statement today lauding the new egg regulation and the work of the Obama administration’s Food Safety Working Group. CSPI said today’s two announcements bode well for reform legislation moving through Congress.”For far too long, FDA has not had the staff, funding, or even the legal authority to get the job done,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, CPSI’s food safety director, in the statement. “Things have gotten so bad that even the food industry is clamoring for reform, which is not surprising as consumer confidence in the food industry has fallen to less than 20%.”Nancy Donley, president of Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP), an advocacy group based in Northbrook, Ill., that works to prevent illness from foodborne pathogens, in a statement today sent to journalists lauded the working group’s efforts. Donley’s 6-year-old son died from an E coli O157:H7 infection in 1993.”This is the first time in a long time I’ve seen a coordinated effort by the government to prevent other families from suffering a tragedy like mine,” she said. “The devil’s in the details, however, and we look forward to hearing more specifics.”See also:President’s Food Safety Working Group Web site (archived)Jul 7 White House press releaseJul 7 FDA press releaseSep 22, 2004, CIDRAP News story “FDA proposes rules to reduce Salmonella in eggs”last_img read more

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Ryanair released a promotional video about Zadar

first_imgThe popular low-cost airline Ryanair published a promotional video “Explore Zadar” on its YouTube channel, in which it shows the beauties of Zadar in two minutes.In the video, in addition to the famous symbols of Zadar, the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, you can see the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Ancient Glass, photo safaris, exploring Zadar by bike, gastronomic offer, Paklenica National Park and other tourist offer.Although the promotional video has not yet gone viral and has been viewed less than 1.000 times, it is now up to us as hosts to post it on our social networks and jointly promote Zadar.Related news: RYANAIR SHAKES TOUR OPERATORS IN EUROPE AND CHANGES GAME RULESlast_img read more

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Franjo Tudjman Airport welcomed a millionth passenger – earlier than ever

first_imgFranjo Tuđman Airport recorded its millionth passenger this year, and it happened earlier than ever in the history of Zagreb Airport, more precisely 13 days earlier than last year. The millionth passenger is Ms. Višnja Mrazovac, who traveled on a direct flight of Emirates from Zagreb to Dubai.”The system registered this year’s millionth passenger on a flight to Dubai, which we are especially glad about because Emirates, since its arrival in Zagreb in early June last year, has significantly contributed to the increase in traffic that Zagreb Airport has continuously recorded since opening a new passenger terminal., said Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, Member of the Management Board of Zagreb International Airport dd, emphasizing that since the opening of the new terminal, the airport has set records in passenger and cargo traffic, the arrival of new airlines, the opening of new routes and destinations, and excellent results in passenger satisfaction surveys. “Emirates is extremely satisfied with the response of Croatian passengers since it started operating on the direct line Zagreb-Dubai in June last year. During this period, Croats traveled to Dubai, but they also used our wide network of destinations to travel to Asia, Australia and Africa. It is our support for Franjo Tuđman Airport on this special occasion of welcoming the millionth passenger that reflects our continued commitment to the Croatian market. ”, said Martin Gross, Emirates Regional Manager for Croatia. The millionth passenger Višnji Mrazovac, who traveled to Delhi with her husband via Dubai on an Emirates flight to visit her son who was employed there, was presented with congratulations and gifts, so Franjo Tuđman International Airport and Aelia Dutyfree gave her a gift voucher, and Emirates Airlines donated two return airline tickets to Dubai. The gifts were presented by Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, Member of the Management Board of Zagreb International Airport and Predrag Popović, Sales Director of Emirates Airlines for Croatia and Slovenia. “I really didn’t expect this, I’m very pleasantly surprised. Just yesterday I read that the millionth passenger at the Franjo Tuđman Airport is expected, but I couldn’t even imagine that it would be me. We often travel through the Emirates, we can’t wait to use these airline tickets. We will be happy to make a purchase in the Aelia Dutyfree shop immediately. “, said this year’s millionth passenger Višnja Mrazovac.Passenger traffic growth of 11%In the segment of passenger traffic, since the opening of the new passenger terminal, Franjo Tuđman Airport has recorded continuous growth, and this trend will continue in 2018, with a cumulative growth of 11% increase in passenger traffic. Positive traffic results are accompanied by positive results of the survey on passenger satisfaction related to airport services. Thus, Franjo Tuđman Airport is in the regular world assessment of the quality of airport services (Airport Service Quality) conducted by the International Airport Association ACI (Airport Council International – World), won the award in the category of airport with the largest improvement of services in 2017 in Europe – Most Improved Airport in Europe in 2017last_img read more

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Guests from the cruise will be transported by low-floor buses to Pila

first_imgAt the end of last year, Dubrovnik took the right step in the context of reducing the excessive influx of tourists into the city from cruise ships, and agreed with cruise companies that a maximum of two cruisers would sail into the most desirable cruise destination in the Mediterranean, bringing a maximum of 5000 visitors. The plan to introduce the so-called cruise fees were presented to the new president of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Adam Goldstein, and his associates at a working meeting in Berlin during the ITB trade fair in early March. “They expressed full understanding for the introduction of the fee and thanked us for informing them of this intention in a timely manner. I would like to point out that CLIA are our true partners in our project “Respect the City” because they, like us in the city administration, want the best destination experience for their guests, or we want satisfied guests regardless of arrival, but also satisfied citizens. Only through balance and through cooperation can we achieve this”Says Franković. One of the measures and novelties is the introduction of cruise guest transport to Pila and back by low-floor articulated buses. This will take over the shuttle transport from JGP Libertas, which will significantly reduce congestion on city roads. As the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mate Franković, points out, these measures will establish full control and organization of berthing of vessels on cruises, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided. “We are pleased that in cooperation with the Association of Cities we managed to get the possibility of collecting the sojourn tax from one-day guests included in the proposal of the new law and that the Ministry accepted it. It was agreed that the payment still goes by ship, and talking to our partners from the CLIA, they also agreed that this is the best model. ” points out Mate Franković, the mayor of Dubrovnik. The City of Dubrovnik has recently harmonized the rules with the representatives of shipping companies and the CLIA association for season 2020. which will include additional improvements in terms of the number of guests visiting the City at the same time, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided for guests and citizen satisfaction. Also, at the initiative of the City of Dubrovnik, the Ministry of Tourism, when amending the Law on Tourist Tax, introduced the collection of tourist tax for passengers on cruises. center_img Its introduction will be decided by the destinations themselves, ie local self-government units, and will be implemented at the beginning of 2021. In Dubrovnik, a sojourn tax per ship will be introduced from 2021 onwards, although the first considerations were that a sojourn tax be charged for each guest on a cruise ship. From 2021, tourist tax for cruisers as well Finally, Franković points out that the additional income from the sojourn tax for cruisers will be spent on improving the city’s communal infrastructure. “The funds will be spent on investment maintenance of roads and transport / communal infrastructure in order to increase the overall communal standard, the development of which, unfortunately, in recent decades has not followed the development of tourism and it is up to this city administration to change that.” Thus, throughout the week, from Monday to Sunday, a maximum of two cruisers a day stay in Dubrovnik. This year, there was only one problem with the blockade of the entrance to the City, due to the mooring of the MSC Sinfonie in Gruž earlier than planned. As the MSC reacted in a statement, the omission occurred as a result of unfortunate and unplanned circumstances. “Due to the earlier arrival of the ship in Dubrovnik, the unfavorable weather conditions at sea were the main reason for it, due to which Sinfonia missed the berth in Mykonos on the way from Venice and headed directly to Dubrovnik.”Stressed from MSC Cruises apologizing that this event was an exception caused by external factors.last_img read more

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Liquidity loans are the only real measure to save entrepreneurs. A measure that everyone is waiting for like a straw of salvation

first_imgPhoto: Francis Desjardins from Pexels Burilović said that we must already think about the financial instruments we can offer to the economy in the future, and it was jointly concluded that we should work on improving the communication of institutions with entrepreneurs, in order to be as informed as possible about the opportunities offered to them.  In this regard, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has offered all its capacities in order to convey information as directly and clearly as possible to businessmen, points out Burilović and adds: The problem is that there is no cash flow, ie that the tourist market can expect only the first turnover in the spring of 2021, and it should survive until then. Also, it should be emphasized that all previous measures have been focused on preserving jobs, ie employees, and not to the entrepreneurs themselves and the preservation of the company. “As business institutions, we need to see how we can further improve our cooperation, and above all we wanted to convey to you the questions and suggestions of our members. One of the most current topics is loans from Hamag Bicro and HBOR, the allocation of which must be accelerated and simplified because entrepreneurs desperately need all possible means to preserve liquidity. We have a lot of constructive suggestions that we will pass on to you in order to make life as easy as possible for entrepreneurs”, Said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović. “We can help a lot through our network of County Chambers and business associations and communities. Also, within the Digital Chamber, we have an e-financing module with all tenders, from the EU to local self-government, and offers from all commercial banks. As part of that, we can also put a section with the offer of Hamag Bicro and thus additionally connect digitally”, Concluded Burilović.  This is the biggest help to entrepreneurs, and especially to the tourism sector, which is among the most affected industries, which everyone is eagerly awaiting. Although it seems logical that all sectors are looking for this measure and are waiting for it as a lifeline, so far there has been no major progress on this topic. The measures taken so far are commendable and well-hit, but they will not save entrepreneurs. center_img As they point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, through their County Chambers, they collected the requests of businessmen from all over Croatia and structured them and passed them on to Hamag Bicro. Entrepreneurs, among other things, are looking for extension of loan terms, refinancing of existing liabilities, and torment them and whether they can Hamag Bicro funds used in addition to job preservation grants. The problem is that they receive contradictory answers to these questions from different institutions.  Liquidity loans are a burning problem of the economy and the only real chance for entrepreneurs to survive this year, especially in the tourism sector. Everyone is looking for one thing – not free money, but the opportunity to borrow over HBOR or Hamag Bircoor that the state provides a certain guarantees, so that entrepreneurs can borrow through commercial banks. It is commendable for an open dialogue, but entrepreneurs no longer have to wait, they have been waiting for half a year for concrete steps on this issue, and also banks and leasing companies also want to collect their receivables. This is an extraordinary situation, and we need extraordinary steps, ie urgent concrete decisions. “We communicate all our projects and we are open to all suggestions and suggestions on how to improve and speed up our work, especially when they come from companies. Unfortunately, we had a situation where we received an enormous amount of requests in a short period of time, which burdened our capacities to the extreme. Despite that, next week we will finish processing all requests for the so-called covid loans, of which there were over 5500”, Said the CEO of Hamag Bicro Faithful Vrbanec, noting that, according to their data, Hamag Bicro placed more funds in the corona crisis than all commercial banks and HBOR combined. On this topic, a meeting of the leaders of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Hamag Bicro was held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and the main topic of discussion was improving inter-institutional cooperation with emphasis on speeding up and simplifying procedures for granting liquidity loans. last_img read more

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Just voting system is worth the cost

first_imgDemocracy is the ethical foundation of our government. Voting is the basis of democracy. At what cost is this democracy (2017 dollars)?Our sacred Revolution, 50,000 dead or maimed, $2.5 billion. The Civil War. The South seceded. The North voted to unite, then freed the slaves and let them vote. Cost: 1.5 million human casualties and $1 trillion. The cost of women’s suffrage was immeasurable misery and money, before and after women were legally allowed to vote. World War II, democracy almost lost. We mourned the deaths of 42 million people and the United States spent $4.5 trillion, all in the name of democracy. So when politicians, red and blue, won’t pay a pittance of that for a just voting system, they spit on the graves of our patriots. Red and blue, I spit on you.Congress members, lend me your ears. Open the door wide to automatic and same-day registration and early voting. Get every citizen voting with a system that is convenient, just and verifiable. All are a must. Or maybe like the census, make it mandatory.We sent men to the moon, but you can’t make this happen? Federal and state governments, you are the laughingstock of the world. Let’s see who’s brave enough to open the doors wide and let the real democracy in.Larry FineGreenfieldThe writer is a member of Saratoga Progressive Action, Let NY Vote, Greenfield Democratic Party, Citizen Action.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Rover takes Caterpillar site over Magna Park

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Niche market

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Asia role lures Cavaliero from West End

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