Oct 3 2011

Public Health News Roundup: October 3

At Least Three Major Food Recalls Currently Underway

True Leaf, a California lettuce producer, is recalling at least 2,400 cartons of lettuce linked to the bacteria listeria, which has also been implicated in an outbreak linked to cantaloupes in over ten states. No illnesses have been reported from the recalled lettuce, however, the outbreak tied to recalled cantaloupes has resulted in at least 15 deaths and 82 illnesses. In a third recall, a California firm, Manning Beef, is recalling 80,000 pounds of beef products over possible E. coli contamination, according to the Department of Agriculture. For more food safety updates, read up here.

Likelihood of Diabetes Amputations Varies Across U.S.

A new study in the journal Diabetes Care finds that some areas in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas had the highest rates of diabetes-related foot and leg amputations among Medicare beneficiaries: about 7 to 8 per 1,000. Some areas in Arizona, Florida, Michigan and New Mexico, had much lower rates of 2.4 to 3.5 per 1,000. The national average is 4.5 per 1,000. There are no national guidelines and the study authors say some physicians may simply be seeing a higher rate of diabetes complications.

USDA Awards Grants to Train Young Farmers and Ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced 36 grants totaling $18 million to organizations to provide training and assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers to help them run successful, sustainable farms. According to the USDA, the average age of America's farmers and ranchers is increasing and it is a critical time to train the next generation of American producers. Get more news from the USDA here.

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