Big bonus bucks to FDA bosses only

“This is yet another example of the failure of FDA management to understand that its sole purpose for existence is to protect the American people from unsafe food, drugs and medical devices,” said Rep. John Dingell. “These back-scratching bonuses could be used to hire inspectors that might have gone to China and uncovered the unsafe manufacturing practices that led to the heparin deaths, or the tomato packers that shipped salmonella to hundreds of Americans,” the Michigan Democrat said.

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Four more salmonella victims here.

With any luck, we may be close to the end of the seemingly endless reports on where the toxic tomatoes have done their latest damage. Late today, the CDC reported that the number of confirmed cases of salmonella saintpaul rose to 707, spread over 34 states. And, among the latest additions to the sick list were four new cases identified in Washington State.

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CDC: 8,000 may be sickened by salmonella

The CDC reported last night that outbreaks of the saintpaul strain of salmonella has been documented in 28 states, with 277 people sick and 43 of those hospitalized. And here is a fascinating number released by the federal disease detectives: More than 8,000 people may have actually been sickened in this outbreak, but no one will ever know for sure. “Most cases of salmonellosis are not reported because some people who are ill do not seek medical attention and not all patients who seek medical care submit specimens for culturing,” said a CDC spokesperson.

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Midwest flooding will hike food prices

The images on TV are dramatic and painful to watch, with houses piling up behind bridges as flood waters continue to rampage through much of the Midwest. Ag experts anticipate massive distruction to the nation’s corn supply as well as concerns about the area’s huge livestock operations.

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