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

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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

Growth of eating ‘risky foods’ could lead to foodborne disease increase

Low and middle income countries (LMICs) bear the brunt of foodborne disease (FBD), according to a review.

Novel method detects E.coli in less than 24 hours

A method described as similar to a ‘pregnancy test’ has been developed for detecting contamination of meat products with E.coli O157 in less than 24 hours.

Reasons behind SES-related risk for foodborne illness ‘not clear’ - study

Links between socioeconomic status (SES) and foodborne pathogens have been analysed to better direct prevention efforts.

‘Off switch’ enzyme in biofilms identified to prevent formation

An enzyme that shuts down signals that bacteria use to form a biofilm has been found by researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD).

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Give me five, says FSA with research proposal call

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is inviting expressions of interest for research proposals in five areas.

Technology trends: HPP most important food technology – now and in the future

High pressure processing (HPP) will be the most commercially important food processing technology for European industry in the next ten years, according to new data. 

US researchers uncover mislabelled meat in two studies

Mislabelled meat – including horse - has been found by US researchers in two separate studies who said reasons for the findings could vary from economic adulteration to accidental cross contamination.

Photocatalyst optimized to reduce produce cross contamination

Researchers have optimized a titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalyst to reduce cross contamination during produce rinsing.

Sandals, sunglasses and Salmonella? Study finds pathogens introduced via luggage

Foodborne pathogens were found in 5% of items entering Germany, according to a study which looked at illegally introduced and confiscated products from two airports.

Virulence and age are factors for HUS development – study

Virulence gene profile and patients’ age are major determinants of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) development, according to a study in Norway.

Understanding Listeria growth methods on salmon to help controls

Listeria monocytogenes uses different ‘metabolic pathways’ when growing on refrigerated smoked compared to laboratory media, according to research.

News in brief

Produce contamination reduction method effectiveness questioned

Attempting to improve food safety by clearing wild vegetation surrounding crops could make things worse, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Salmonella in the sights for genomic research

Two Canadian universities have been given almost $10m for research to reduce Salmonella on fresh produce.

Listeria case control study finds no high risk food

No high risk food products were identified in a case-control study for Listeria in the Netherlands, according to research.

SAFE emphasises food safety topics for Horizon 2020

The SAFE consortium is continuing to emphasize food safety topics its members would like to see in the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes.

Novel tech predicted to have significant impact on food safety

Opportunities for food safety technologies are expected in the next five to six years in smartphone mobile applications, rapid pathogen detector sensors, hands-free wearable devices, and nanocomposite packaging, according to...

SQUIDs: The future of food inspection?

A metallic contaminant detector using SQUID technology has been created by researchers at Toyohashi Tech.

Cross contamination role in Listeria outbreak from cheese

Cross contamination of cut and repackaged cheeses formed part of a Listeria outbreak that sickened 22 people and was linked to four deaths, according to a study.

Chinese scientists detect melamine in white gold using real gold

Chinese scientists have developed a method to detect melamine in milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles.

Hepatits A vaccination recommendations ‘may need to be reconsidered’

Reconsidering vaccination recommendations is one potential follow-up action after a ‘large and prolonged’ Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries that sickened more than 1,500 people.

Food safety research highlights plus IFT and Process Expo

Cornell looking at phages, Washington State research into UVC light and Process Expo and IFT announcements feature in a round-up of food safety and quality control news.

Consumers could be exposed to Klebseilla from meat – study

Contaminated meat may be an important source of human exposure to Klebsiella, according to a study.

E.coli outbreaks grow and beef is top cause

There were more E. coli O157 outbreaks during 2003–2012 than the previous 20 years, possibly due to improvements in surveillance, according to research.

No returning to foods perceived as unsafe for nearly 40%, finds survey

Almost 40% of people said there was no returning to foods they perceive as unsafe, according to a survey by Hahn Public’s Food and Farm communications team.

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