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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

IFT: Surface coatings and intelligent packaging

Ensuring production facility surfaces remain free of contamination thanks to coatings and growth of intelligent packaging were the subject of two talks at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) conference.

Bacillus cereus group data gaps identified by EFSA panel

A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel has called for research on dose–response and behavioural characteristics of Bacillus cereus to identify routes and critical steps of contamination.

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Food safety MOU starts first Food Integrity Conference

Chinese representatives from Foshan city have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on food safety with the Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity (APCFI).

Aflatoxin, Campylobacter and Salmonella projects get funding boost

A number of food safety projects have been awarded a share of £16m funding through government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst platform.

Spoilage bacteria grow faster than pathogenic organisms, finds EFSA analysis

Spoilage bacteria grow faster than pathogenic bacteria in fresh beef, pork, lamb and poultry under the same conditions, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Role of WGS in multi-year Listeria outbreaks

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) and epidemiological investigations provided the discriminatory power to recognize low-intensity, extended time-period outbreaks, according to an analysis of two different Listeria outbreaks.  

Outbreak and sporadic illnesses found to be similar

Similarities and differences between outbreak and sporadic cases across various characteristics have been assessed by a study.

Methods to verify Irish cheese investigated

Analytical methods and models to ensure cheese labelled as from Ireland actually was and protect against potential fraud have been investigated as part of a study.

WGS an effective technology during listeriosis outbreak investigations - study

The long incubation period of Listeria makes Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) an effective technology to use during outbreak investigations, according to a study.

MCR-1 found in Salmonella in Portugal

The MCR-1 gene has been found in Salmonella recovered from pork products in Portugal, according to a study.

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RIVM and BfR partner to exchange scientific expertise

Germany and the Netherlands have partnered to develop scientific methods for risk assessment and communication.

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Ancera raises funds ahead of pathogen detection tech launch

Ancera has raised $8.9m to commercialize its single-cell transport technology by early next year.

Research round-up: AMS for food fraud and traceability tips

FoodQualityNews has rounded up below recent examples of research relevant to food safety and quality control.

Boost for Sri Lankan cinnamon industry

A joint project is helping cinnamon producers in Sri Lanka meet food safety and hygiene standards to boost export opportunities.

No specific link in two related EIEC outbreaks - study

Whole genome sequencing showed organisms isolated from case-patients in two UK outbreaks were genetically related but no specific epidemiologic link was identified, according to a synopsis.

Biosensor developed to identify allergens faster

Canadian scientists have developed a nanotechnology and aptamer based biosensor to detect allergens such as peanut protein and gluten.

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PURE Bioscience sets calendar year adoption targets

Goals for this year include completing the USDA approval process as a processing aid for raw poultry and testing PURE Control for beef and pork and file FCNs with the...

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Eurofins and McGill University to provide co-branded training

Eurofins Food Safety Systems (EFSS) has partnered with a university to provide co-branded public training for the Canadian food manufacturing industry.

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South African conference on food safety and security

A conference on food safety and security has been held in South Africa.

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The Center for Food Integrity expands into Canada

The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) has expanded into Canada.

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Universitat de València establishes lab HQ in Cairo

The Universitat de València has inaugurated the headquarters of its Nutrition and Food Safety Observatory for the Developing World in Cairo, Egypt.

Parmigiano Reggiano authenticity targeted by researchers

A method to determine Parmigiano Reggiano authenticity has been developed by researchers.

Research round-up: Norovirus and synthetic dye screening method

Before we head to the production line we must do the background work. Here, FQN takes a look at recent examples of research relevant to food safety and quality control.

Antimicrobials concealing Salmonella debate reignited

Antimicrobial chemicals used as processing aids may lead to false-negative results in pathogen testing, according to a study.

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VUV detector to be used in gas chromatography research

VUV Analytics will provide its VGA-100 Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) detector to help a researcher determine organic contaminants in fish as they transfer through the food chain.

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