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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

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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.

Cryptosporidium and Salmonella increase in UK zoonoses report

Salmonella infections increased by 17% reversing a trend of year-to-year decreases since 2006, according to the latest UK figures.

Fresh hot pepper outbreak sickened 32 in nine states

An outbreak of Salmonella that sickened 32 people in nine states last year has been revealed by US agencies.

Norovirus research reveals knowledge gaps

Inadequate hand washing, using bare hands when preparing food and returning to work too early after being ill were some findings of work to prevent the spread of norovirus.

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Finland has a berry good idea to verify origin

Two Finnish agencies are to sample strawberries as part of work to develop a method to verify their origin.

IBM and Cornell University to work together to keep global milk supply safe

IBM Research and Cornell University have teamed up to help improve the safety of the global milk supply through genetic sequencing and big data analytics research.

Botulism due to traditional home-canned food still public health challenge

Foodborne botulism due to traditional home-canned food still represents a public health challenge in Italy, according to researchers.

EU project tackles increase in ciguatera fish poisoning

A European project is one year into its work on investigating the risks and spread of ciguatoxin poisoning.

EU and China collaborate to combat food fraud

More than 30 partners are part of a project to tackle food safety and authenticity across Europe and China.

Fish and chicken associated with most outbreaks

Fish and chicken remain the two categories associated with the most foodborne outbreaks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

IAEA and FAO go mobile to tackle food fraud

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to look at mobile tools to combat food fraud and contamination.

LiquiGlide expands its CPG portfolio in condiments and dairy

LiquiGlide has taken on a general manager as it commercializes its first applications in packaging with coatings for condiments (mayonnaise, dressings and dips) and dairy (cream cheese, sour cream and yogurt), among...

Method to detect pesticide residues in non-alcoholic beverages

Researchers have developed a method which has a ‘strong promise’ for regulatory monitoring and commercial analysis of pesticide residues in non-alcoholic beverages.

Elemental Profiling helps trace shrimp back to origin

Farmed shrimp from Thailand, Vietnam and India could be traced back to country of origin with more than 98% confidence through elemental profiling, according to a study.

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ENEA using IR laser technology against food fraud

A laser that can ensure food product quality has been developed in an Italian project.

Nanomaterial’s growth in food use reined in by health risks: Review

The use of organic and inorganic nanomaterials (INMs) in food applications is growing, a review concludes, yet its short history has not completely revealed the associated risks. 

Anton Paar boosts presence in ‘vital’ Middle East market

Anton Paar has opened a Middle East Technical Centre to serve customers in the Middle East and Africa.

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