The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has awarded $110 million to states and communities to boost their ability to track and respond to infectious diseases. The money will target infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response, public health laboratories, health information systems, and efforts to combat zoonotic, vector-borne and foodborne diseases; vaccine-preventable infections; influenza; and healthcare-associated infections. The total award amount is $13 million higher than in fiscal year 2014. The increased funding is allocated to vaccine-preventable-disease surveillance, foodborne-disease prevention and advanced molecular detection, among other projects.
"CDC funding helps states address infectious disease threats", News release, CDC, August 03, 2015
The Soil Association in Great Britain is urging consumers to push retailers and bread manufacturers to stop using glyphosate – the weed killer used in RoundUp – in wheat cultivation because British government and EU regulators are not likely to act. A recent World Health Organization preliminary study found that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic,” though manufacturer Monsanto says there is no scientific evidence to support that opinion. The association says glyphosate use has increased 400 percent in the last two decades, and tests on British bread found glyphosate in a third of the samples. Bakery and milling organizations say the glyphosate levels found in bread are insignificant and harmless.
"Bread companies should drop glyphosate, says Soil Association", Food Navigator, July 20, 2015