MAY 13, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL HEALTH Rules designed to improve food safety Gore says U.S. food is safest in the world, but more could be done By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Fruit and vegetable juices and egg products must be certified as safe all the way from farm to grocery store under new Clinton administration rules unveiled Monday to improve the safety of the nation's foods. "Our food supply is the safest in the world," Vice President Al Gore said in presenting the $43.2 million, five-point program. But, he added, "the nation has much more to do." Millions of Americans each year are stricken by illness caused by the food they consume, and Principal sent to jail for peeping By The Associated Press PAYNESVILLE, Ohio — A high school principal accused of secretly videotaping cheerleaders as they changed into then- bathing suits for a beach party at his house was given six months in jail Monday. Walter Conte, 51, of Mentor, can leave jail during the day to continue working at a church. He was placed on three years' probation and ordered to get counseling and perform 200 hours of community service. Conte pleaded no contest to illegal eavesdropping. Cards & Gifts • Chocolates • Clocks • Wall Decorations Many more UNIQUE ideas. MUSEUM Gift Store 211 West Iron eg.-Fri. 12-5 & Sat. 10-5 Sun. about 9.000 a year — mostly the very young and the elderly — die as a result, officials say. Among recent problems: several hundred Michigan schoolchildren struck by the hepatitis A virus after eating contaminated frozen strawberries in a school lunch program. And at least 49 people have been sickened recently after drinking trendy, unpasteurized fruit, juices, contaminated with the virulent E. coli bacteria. "We're not raising the food safety victory flag yet," said Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. The government is still studying whether to require pasteurization of fruit juices, federal officials said. President Clinton requested a study of needed steps in January and asked Congress to appropriate the money necessary to carry out recommendations. The report calls for: • Improved inspections and expanded preventive safety measures, including $8.5 million for additional Food and Drug Administration inspectors. In addition, fruit and vegetable juices and egg products will be included among the seafood, meat and poultry products subject to the safety tracking system. • A $4 million national education campaign by the Agriculture Department and the FDA to improve food handling in homes, restaurants and stores. • Increased research, costing $16.5 million, to develop new tests to detect food-borne pathogens, A doubte portion of. seasoned ground beef, tapped itfth tangy red sauce, fresh white onion* an8 shredded cnwMflr choMv wra In a large son flour tortWa TACO. Iron & Ohio & 1700 W. 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