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R&D is ever-changing as whole genome sequencing, antimicrobials and nanomaterials are investigated for food safety uses

R&D

R&D is where it all starts - from whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens to antimicrobials to stop pathogen growth and the role of nanomaterials in food safety all the latest techniques to ensure a safe supply chain can be found in this section

Allergy 'control to cure' focus of FAAM event

Key areas of focus in patient control, prevention and cure were highlighted during the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting (FAAM), according to a presenter at the event.

Special Edition: shelf life

How fresh is it? Smart sensors quantify stages of shelf life

Researchers have developed smart sensors and software to measure and quantify how fresh food is, offering information such as the period of best flavor, highest nutritional value, and days left...

Foodborne illness declines in Australia

Foodborne illness has declined 17% overall in Australia but the number of Salmonella and Campylobacter cases has risen.

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OSU food safety program gets funding boost

More than $1m in funding has been committed towards a goal of $3.4m to create an Oklahoma State University (OSU) food safety program.

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Norovirus transmission not solved by gloves

Protective gloves are not enough to prevent the transmission of Norovirus, according to the Finnish Food and Safety Authority (Evira).

Special Edition: shelf life

Increasing shelf life in fruit and vegetables

A recent development in food packaging technology can delay the ripening of fruits and vegetables, offering a way to tackle the huge volumes of food waste, according to Cellresin Technologies.

Antimicrobial sachet tested to reduce Listeria in mozzarella

An antimicrobial sachet has been developed to reduce Listeria monocytogenes growth in mozzarella cheese.

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HPP validation for chewable juices

Harvest Soul's juices have received validation from independent labs that high pressure processing (HPP) protects them against unhealthy bacteria and microorganisms.

CPS awards 14 grants for food safety research

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has awarded 14 grants worth $2.8m directed at food safety practices for the sector.

EFSA panel addresses risk of Salmonella and Norovirus in tomatoes

The risk factors for Salmonella and Norovirus in tomatoes has been evaluated by a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Birko workers named on committee

Dr Elis Owens and Ian Bessell from Birko have been named to the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Science and Technology Committee.

Risk factors for melon contamination by Salmonella revealed

A panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the risk of Salmonella in melons.

Microbiological stability of confectionery fillings ‘compromised’ in quest for clean labels: Study

Confectioners’ products are at a greater risk of fungal spoilage when using clean label or alcohol free chocolate confectionery fillings, according to researchers.

Initial contamination remains unknown in largest ever Dutch Salmonella outbreak

How dishes initially got contaminated at a Dutch fish producer at the centre of a Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,000 people in 2012 remains unknown.

Study estimates global burden of listeriosis

‘Urgent efforts’ needed to fill Listeria data gap in developing countries: WHO study

Listeriosis caused 23,150 illnesses, 5,463 deaths, and 172,823 disability-adjusted life-years in 2010, according to estimates in a study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. 

‘Window of opportunity’ before allergen thresholds

There is a ‘window of opportunity’ for the analytical community to get its house in order before allergen thresholds come in, according to an analyst for the Government Chemist.

Linking pathogens to pH: A novel way to detect E.coli?

A method to detect E.coli has been developed by linking pH to the pathogen.

UV light tested to kill E.coli in apple juice

Inactivation and potential reactivation of E.coli in apple juice has been studied using different ultraviolet (UV) light exposure wavelengths. 

Hepatitis A outbreak study reveals berries as source

A case-control study to find the source of a Hepatitis A outbreak in Italy has revealed that berries were the main risk factor followed by raw seafood.

Loma X5 spacesaver X-ray unit fits into production lines

Loma Systems has launched the X5 spacesaver X-ray, a food inspection unit which has been designed for production zones where space is at a premium. 

Non-thermal method trialled on green beans

A combined treatment to control bacteria growth and reduce population during storage has been tested on green beans by researchers.

Scientific breakthrough in control of deadly pathogen

Scientists believe they may have found a new weapon in the fight to control the deadly foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum, as they have discovered genes that are crucial for its...

LiquiGlide expands IP protection after global interest in its slippery coating

LiquiGlide has started international patent filings to protect the intellectual property (IP) of its slippery coating technology.

E.coli strain linked to outbreaks sequenced

The first complete genome sequencing of a strain of E. coli linked to foodborne outbreaks has been produced by researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

Environmental stresses increase Listeria resistance

Sub-lethal environmental stresses could stimulate antibiotic resistance in Listeria monocytogenes strains, according to research.

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