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Agar supply hit by seaweed shortage

Thermo Fisher Scientific has temporarily stopped selling two agars due to a shortage in the seaweed used to make them.

Algae is extracted from some red algae species. Picture: Istock/shakzu

Hygiene concerns of cheese purchased online ‘justified’ - study

Existing guidelines and infrastructures are not adequate to monitor online trade in cheese, according to authors of a study who found hygiene issues such as pathogens in samples.

Ready, Aim, Fire! Pathogen detection by laser

Progress on a reagent free technology to detect foodborne pathogens has been presented during a vendor seminar at an international conference in Prague.

Issues to overcome before widespread use of WGS

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) has been found to hold ‘significant potential’ to replace gold-standard typing methods such as PFGE for routine surveillance and detection of outbreaks.

UPDATED with MPI response

New Zealand Hepatitis A cases linked to frozen berries

Imported frozen berries have been implicated after reports of four cases of Hepatitis A, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

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Food safety features in Pittcon Technical Program

Pittcon has announced the Technical Program for 2016 with topics including food safety.

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