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Middle East and Europe sell specialty products. Source: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5069879.html

22. August 20, USAgNet China's list of suspended U.S. meat plants growing. The list of U.S. meatpacking plants China has delisted has grown to 15, including eight plants delisted between August 7−17. The following plants are currently barred from exporting meat and poultry to China: Swift Pork Co., Worthington, MN; John Morrell & Co., Sioux Falls, SD; Cargill Meat Solutions, Beardstown, IL.; Cargill Meat Solutions, Ottumwa, IA; Tyson Fresh Meats, Waterloo, IA; Farmland Foods, Denison, IA; Farmland Foods, Crete, NE; Farmland Foods, Monmouth, IL; Hatfield Quality Meats, Hatfield, PA; Peco Foods, Bay Springs, MS; Tyson Foods Inc, Nashville, AR; Sanderson Farms, Hammond, LA; Indiana Packers Corp., Delphi, IN; Smithfield Packing Co., Tar Heel, NC; and Sanderson Farms, Moultrie, GA. Additional plants are under warnings. Source: http://www.usagnet.com/story−national.php?Id=1937&yr=2007

23. August 17, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Scombroid fish poisoning associated with tuna steaks. Scombroid fish poisoning is an acute illness that occurs after eating fish containing high levels of histamine or other biogenic amines. In late 2006, two outbreaks of scombroid fish poisoning occurred, one in Louisiana and one in Tennessee. To determine the source of the outbreaks and to implement control measures, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state health departments in Louisiana and Tennessee conducted epidemiologic investigations, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted traceback investigations of the product. The results of those investigations indicated that the outbreaks in Louisiana and Tennessee were associated with tuna steaks from Indonesia and Vietnam, respectively. The majority of seafood eaten in the U.S. is imported. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5632a2.htm

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24. August 20, Associated Press Nonnative mussels threaten Western water. An invasive mussel that made its way west of the Rocky Mountains seven months ago is spreading rapidly, just the scenario most feared by officials running water systems supplying millions of people across the Southwest. The thumb−sized quagga mussels, which can clog pipes and gum up waterworks, have already been discovered in lakes Mead, Havasu and Mojave on the Colorado River and in two major aqueducts that supply water to Southern California and Arizona. Officials announced this month that they had also found tiny quagga larvae in Lake Powell on the Arizona−Utah border, although no adults have yet been found. Most interior lakes have staved off infestations −− for the time being. Quagga mussels are almost impossible to totally exterminate. The small clam−like creatures damage can cause millions of dollars in damage to water facilities. The big fear is that the mussels will infiltrate canals and pipelines feeding the Southwest's vast system of reservoirs and water treatment plants, sending maintenance costs skyrocketing. In March about 800 mussels were found in the 242−mile Colorado River Aqueduct, which supplies water to 18 million people. Portions of it were closed for 10 days in July to inspect the system and destroy larvae. Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20246340/

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