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Dec 12, 2005

The Pew Charitable Trusts Supports U.S. Pandemic Planning Project

In response to the threat that avian flu could transition into a human pandemic, The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today a $1.5 million investment to ensure that key decision makers at the federal, state and local levels are responsibly developing and executing plans to protect Americans from this or other widespread public health threats.

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Jun 19, 2007

Ten Scientists Named 2007 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that ten promising biomedical scientists have been named 2007 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 12, 2008

Ten Latin American Scientists Named 2008 Pew Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that 10 promising biomedical scientists have been named 2008 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
Oct 29, 2009

Survey of State Health Departments Underscores Gaps in Foodborne Illness Response

A survey of state health departments regarding their capacity to track produce-related foodborne illnesses found that the response and investigation of outbreaks varies greatly and can lead to delays in public-health response.

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Food Safety
Nov 12, 2008

Survey Finds Wide Public Support for Nationwide Study of Genes, Environment and Lifestyle

Four in five Americans support the idea of a nationwide study to investigate the interactions of genes, environment and lifestyle, and three in five say they would be willing to take part in such a study, according to a survey released today.

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Feb 11, 2009

Stimulus Debate Highlights Need for Focus on Nanotech Risks

The nearly $800 billion stimulus package being debated in Congress contains a number of measures intended to improve information technology, infrastructure and the energy economy in the United States - all areas that will be greatly aided by nanotechnology. However, without an increased focus by the federal government on possible risks posed by engineered nanomaterials, many of the potential societal advancements created by the emerging technology could be compromised.

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Health Topics
Apr 29, 2009

Statement Urging House to Pass the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights

"In this economic climate, allowing credit card issuers to continue to engage in unfair and deceptive practices is like letting a car company continue to sell cars we know have faulty brakes. Congress needs to act now to give consumers protection under the law from business practices that the Federal Reserve and our independent research have shown are widespread."

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Sep 2, 2008

Statement on Passage of the 'Green Chemistry' Package by the California Legislature

Andy Igrejas, manager of The Pew Charitable Trusts' Environmental Health Campaign, today issued the following statement in response to the "Green Chemistry" package passed by the California legislature.

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Mar 10, 2010

Statement on Congressional Hearing Regarding FDA Drug Safety Reforms

Allan Coukell, director of the Pew Prescription Project, issued the following statement today, commenting on a hearing at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, where Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua M. Sharfstein is expected to present testimony regarding the agency's ability to protect Americans from unsafe drugs made overseas.

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Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Oct 5, 2006

Statement of Rebecca W. Rimel on the News That a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine

"The Pew Charitable Trusts extends our warmest congratulations to Craig C. Mello, Ph.D., on his achievement in winning the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. Mello was selected in 1995 as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, receiving support over four years for his research on RNA interference - an investigation that ultimately led to his award-winning discovery..."

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Biomedical Research
Sep 26, 2008

Statement of Jim O’Hara, PSP Director, in response to GAO report highlighting the need for improved FDA oversight of fresh produce

A GAO report found that the FDA lacks the critical resources necessary for protecting Americans’ health when it comes to food safety. The lack of resources, resulting in too few inspections, too little enforcement and too many gaps in scientific research, is not new and clearly needs to be addressed.

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Food Safety
Dec 12, 2008

Statement from The Pew Charitable Trusts on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's reversal on antibiotics safeguards in animal farming

Laura Rogers, project director for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to reverse its plan to ban off-label usage of certain antibiotics in animal agriculture.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Sep 17, 2008

Statement from The Pew Charitable Trusts on South Korea’s ban on using certain antibiotics in animal feed

Shelley Hearne, managing director, Health & Human Services Policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts, today issued the following statement in response to the decision by South Korea’s Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to ban the use of seven types of antibiotics in animal feed (the seven antibiotics that South Korea banned from animal feed are: Penicillin, Neomycin, Chlortetracycline, Colistin, Oxytetracycline, Lincomycin, Bacitracin zinc).

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Feb 4, 2009

Statement from Pew Health & Human Services Policy Program on the Introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act

"In the midst of an ongoing peanut product recall, the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) could not be more timely."

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Food Hazards
Jul 16, 2008

Statement from Karen Steuer, Pew Environment Group, on Antibiotic Use Reporting Requirements

Karen Steuer, director of government operations for the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement in response to the House Energy & Commerce Committee mark up of the Animal Drug User Fee Act.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jul 31, 2009

Statement by Jim O'Hara, Director, Produce Safety Project, in response to the FDA's Announcement Regarding Guidance on Produce Safety

We commend the FDA for moving forward on initiatives to improve the safety of fresh produce. The proposed guidance documents put out for comment today address three of the highest-risk commodities, and we hope that the agency will finalize these documents quickly. We also look forward to the agency's next steps regarding produce safety: issuance of proposed regulations. Science-based, risk-based, enforceable safety standards will restore consumer confidence in foods that are key components of a healthy diet.

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Food Safety
Apr 30, 2009

Statement Applauding Bipartisan Passage of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights

"The passage of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights is a victory for all consumers and for credit card issuers who want to offer a safe and fair product."

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Apr 2, 2013

Slow Government Response Likely Contributed to More Illnesses in 2011 Salmonella Outbreak in Ground Turkey, Pew Report Finds

An examination of a Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to ground turkey illustrates that health authorities must be more aggressive in their efforts to detect and respond to foodborne illnesses, according to a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, titled “Too Slow: An Analysis of the 2011 Salmonella Ground Turkey Outbreak and Recommendations for Improving Detection and Response.” In all, the contaminated food sickened a reported 136 people in the United States, hospitalized 37 and killed one, according to government data.

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Food Safety
Jun 16, 2009

Seventeen of America’s Most Promising Scientists Selected as 2009 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts today named 17 early-career scientists as Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 27, 2005

Seven Latin American Scientists Named 2005 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that seven promising Latin American biomedical scientists have been named 2005 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 20, 2006

Seven Latin American Scientists Awarded Opportunity to Pursue Cutting-Edge Biomedical Research

Seven highly talented early-career Latin American scientists were named today as 2006 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). 

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Biomedical Research
Sep 10, 2008

Sen. Grassley Wins Committee Passage of Bill to Help Foster Care Kids Get Permanent, Loving Homes

The Senate Finance Committee today approved legislation first proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley to help move kids in foster care to permanent homes. Grassley urged congressional leaders to find a way to achieve final passage of the legislation before the end of this year's session.

 

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Health Topics
Jun 26, 2012

School Budgets, Student Health to Benefit From Higher Nutrition Standards

Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could help students maintain a healthy weight and increase food service revenue, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released today by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project.

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School Food, Health Impact Assessment
Nov 17, 2008

Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak Exposes Food Safety Issues

Weaknesses in food safety policy, organization and communications were all displayed during this summer's outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, according to a report released today by the Produce Safety Project (PSP), an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts at Georgetown University. The report, Breakdown: Lessons to Be Learned from the 2008 Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak, represents an in-depth review of the public record of last summer's Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that caused illnesses in more than 1,400 people across the country.

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Food Safety
Jun 8, 2010

RWJF and Pew Award Six Grants to Examine the Impact of Policy on People’s Health

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced more than $1 million in grants to six projects that will conduct health impact assessments at the state and local levels.

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Health Impact Assessment