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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

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Projects get backing from Center for Produce Safety

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has requested proposals on food safety research with $3m available to fund projects.

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in confectionery, finds Czech study

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in finished confectionery products as previously assumed, a Czech study suggests.

Assessing HEV infectivity tops foodborne virus research priorities

Five priority areas for future research funding on foodborne viruses have been identified by experts.

IBM and Walmart to boost traceability with blockchain

IBM, Walmart and Tsinghua University are to work together on a 16-week project to improve the way food is tracked, transported and sold to consumers across China.

IFR develops meat fraud testing method

A method of testing for meat fraud has been developed at the Institute of Food Research (IFR).

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China and Europe increasingly working together on food safety – EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) are to sign an agreement on food safety next month.

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MUSE-TECH combines 3 sensors into 1 tool to monitor food processing

Researchers have developed a system to monitor industrial food processing in real time.

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Massey University hopes novel tech will put it on the MAPs (or MATs)

Massey University is mulling the creation of a centre based around a novel food processing technology.

Sting in the tail for jellyfish fraudsters

Chemical testing on the source of marine food products could help fight fraud, according to scientists.

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African countries improve food safety through Codex

Three southern African countries have strengthened food safety through a 12 month project funded by FAO.

Analysis of outbreak linked to French food bank

An outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Enteritidis in France linked to beefburgers imported from Poland is one of the first to involve food banks, according to researchers.


Breathable films market to reach $3.21bn by 2021 with demand for longer-shelf life in packaged cheese

The global market for breathable films is estimated to reach $3.21bn by 2021, registering a CAGR of 7.5%, between 2016 and 2021, according to MarketsandMarkets research firm. The figure was $2.10bn in 2015.

Tetra Pak joins $11.5m LINX project for X-ray tomography of cartons

Tetra Pak has partnered with DTU (Technical University of Denmark) and several Danish research institutions to study X-ray tomography for cartons as part of a €10.5m ($11.5m) project called LINX...

Research round-up: Cleaning system, MRSA concerns and machine learning

We have collected below the highlights from recent research relevant to food safety and quality control.

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State funding helps Cornell expand food safety capacity

A Cornell University center is to expand commercialization capabilities with $1m in state funding.

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Governments invest in on-farm food safety

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are to invest $1.2m in 275 on-farm food safety and animal welfare projects.

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LRQA expands FSMA-based training

LRQA has expanded its food safety training courses to offer FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Human Food FSPCA training.

Analysis of Italian E. coli O26 outbreak and HUS potential

Infections with Shiga toxin 2-producing E. coli (STEC) O26 have a high probability of progressing to haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and represent an emerging problem in Europe, according to an...

Scientists make norovirus cultivation breakthrough

Scientists have succeeded in growing noroviruses in lab cultures which will help the development of procedures to prevent and treat infection.

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PMA and United Fresh target reduction in Listeria risk

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) have created a working group on Listeria monocytogenes (Lm).

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Using online learning for training growing in F&B sector

How the food and drink sector is changing in regards to technology when it comes to staff training and compliance is the subject of an Appetite Learning webinar this week.

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New Zealand and China extend food safety partnership

A scholarship programme between New Zealand and China boosting understanding of each other’s food safety systems has been extended for two more years.

Risks posed by foodborne pathogens are not static - Pew

Risks associated with meat and poultry have not remained static with some being successfully controlled or eliminated and others emerging, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Understanding of WGS varies between countries - FAO

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) has the potential to play a significant role in food safety but the level of understanding of concepts and potential vary among countries, according to FAO.

WGS capable of revealing food fraud but limitations identified

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) could be used to determine a product is what it claims to be according to the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.

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