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


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

Slovakian botulism case linked to rare subtype in hummus

A very rare subtype implicated in only one previous outbreak was responsible for a case of botulism in Slovakia, according to research.

Norovirus detected in water coolers linked to outbreak - study

High levels of norovirus genotypes I and II were detected in office water coolers associated with an outbreak last year.

Zoonoses more sensitive to climate than solely human or animal pathogens

The impact of climate change on emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to University of Liverpool research.

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Chinese retailers jumping on blockchain to safeguard against scandals

China’s second-biggest e-commerce platform has been using blockchain technology to help consumers track the provenance of some of the meat products available on its site.

Difficulties in detecting and quantifying allergens identified

Difficulties for labs in detecting and quantifying allergens have been looked at by researchers using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem MS (UHPLC-MS/MS).


Scientists trial charged-water irrigation system to boost food safety

Technology that allows vegetables to be cleaned with electrically charged water before harvest is being trialled in Australia.

One in five sausage samples subject to species substitution

One in five sausages sampled contained meat not declared on the label, according to a Canadian study.

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CDC awards food safety funds to state and local health departments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200m to help prevent, detect, respond to and control threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

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MoU signed and CDB funding for Grenada

A trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed while Grenada has received funding to boost food safety in the produce sector.

Campylobacter, Salmonella and norovirus cause most illnesses in France

Campylobacter, Salmonella and norovirus were responsible for more than 70% of foodborne illnesses in France during a five year period.

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ANSES finds increased consumption of raw foods of animal origin

New consumer behaviours are potentially posing a greater risk to health, according to a survey on eating habits of the French population.

Research round-up: FAIR and Factbook and pathogens in water

While it might be summer break for most we will continue to round-up the food safety and quality research.

Ambrosus looks at blockchain-based platform to improve supply chain

Ambrosus has launched plans for a blockchain-based platform to overcome ‘deficiencies and challenges’ in the food supply chain.

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

EyeSucceed to address food safety issues with wearable technology

NSF International, which partnered with Google to pilot its EyeSucceed Smart Glasses, has been recognized as a ‘Glass Partner’ for food industry applications.

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Intralytix: Investment allows us to expand phage production

Intralytix has received $17.5m in equity funding from Lesaffre to create a series of novel bacteriophage-based products.

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Center aims to change ‘siloed’ approach to policy challenges

Duke University has received almost $6m in grants to improve global policy and issues such as food safety.

EnWave and Nestlé’s Nestec to pilot food dehydration technology

EnWave has signed an agreement with Nestec, part of Nestlé, to test its Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) food dehydration technology – a proprietary method for the dehydration of organic materials....

Foreign bodies often found in fruit and veg, nuts and confectionery

RASFF analysis reveals top three foreign bodies

Pests, glass and metals were the foreign bodies most often listed in RASFF, according to an analysis of the portal.

Highest ergot alkaloid levels in rye products - EFSA

The highest levels of ergot alkaloids (EAs) were found in rye and rye-containing commodities, according to an updated EFSA exposure assessment.

Trichinellosis outbreaks associated with walrus meat

Trichinellosis was responsible for two past outbreaks associated with eating raw or undercooked walrus meat in Alaska.

Almost 1 in 5 seafood products mislabelled in Brazil

DNA testing has revealed more than 17% of fish in Brazil was identified as the wrong species.

Research round-up: Hispanic style cheese and mcr-3

More than half of 2017 has passed as we turn our attention again to look at food safety and quality research.

PFGE problems highlighted by WGS performance

WGS has shown the limited discrimination and occasional lack of accuracy of PFGE, according to researchers.

High cadmium levels in cocoa from Peru may impact chocolate quality

Cocoa beans from many plantations in Peru contain cadmium levels far higher than the EU’s incoming thresholds for chocolate and cocoa products, finds research backed by the USDA.

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