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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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EU project for nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging

An EU-funded project is aiming to extend food shelf life by using novel antimicrobial surfaces applied in active packaging.

Indigenous populations often at higher risk for foodborne illness

Walrus, seal, caribou and whale were the most common traditional items tied to foodborne illness among Indigenous populations, according to a Canadian review.

Listeria monocytogenes literature search ahead of risk assessment

Risk factors of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods have been described by researchers.

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Behaviour change focus for Consumer Food Safety Education Conference

More than 400 people are expected to attend the 2017 Consumer Food Safety Education (CFSE) Conference.

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FAO and Sapienza University work together on food safety

The FAO and an Italian University have strengthened collaboration around areas including food safety.

Pork supply chain failures identified in 2014 E. coli outbreak

There were failures throughout the supply chain, according to a report on an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Canada three years ago.

Data on tropane alkaloids in EU will help exposure assessments

Data on which tropane alkaloids (TAs) are of concern in Europe has been collected to form the basis for future exposure assessments.

Sequencing alone ‘not enough’ to ensure food safety management

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is advantageous but does not replace the need for basic epidemiology, according to experts.

8% of Finnish chicken contaminated with Campylobacter - study

Less than 10% of chicken and just over 3% of turkey sold fresh in retail stores were found to be contaminated with Campylobacter, according to a Finnish study.

Use of infrared and UV investigated to inactivate microorganisms on meat

Fraunhofer IVV is helping to develop processes for the surface sterilization of packaged meat and sausage products.

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Yarok test finalist at Food+City Challenge

Yarok Technology Transfer has been named as a finalist in the Food+City Challenge Prize contest, in Texas in February 2017.

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Nanotechnology forms part of EU project

An EU project is to run pilot lines in operational industrial environments to manufacture antimicrobial polymer films.

B. cereus outbreaks characterised to improve monitoring

Seventy four Bacillus cereus outbreaks which resulted in 911 human cases over seven years in France underlines the need to improve monitoring, according to a study.

Prevent norovirus outbreaks by shellfish analysis at ‘risky’ times - study

Norovirus outbreaks could be prevented by analysing shellfish at elevated risk times, according to a study.

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UH team wins prize for food safety training system

A University of Houston (UH) team has won a competition to help bring smartphone/tablet based food safety training tools to commercialization.

dispatches from EHEDG Congress

Data potential and how to approach hygienic design at EHEDG

Mondelēz shared the consequences of hygienic design failings and Sealed Air explained how data could be used to achieve cleaning efficiencies at a recent congress.

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UMass expert gets NIFA grant to promote food safety

University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a two-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Food Safety Outreach Program.

Listeria in ice cream used to study dose-response relationship

Despite widespread distribution of Listeria tainted ice cream not many illnesses were reported due to low contamination levels in a product that does not support growth, according to a study.

Temperature failings behind C. perfringens outbreak

Turkey prepared in an unpermitted kitchen was behind an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a 2015 Thanksgiving lunch, according to a study.

dispatches from EHEDG Congress

Nestlé emphasises hygienic design importance at EHEDG

Nestlé emphasised the importance of hygienic design while co-operation between EHEDG and GFSI was mooted during an industry conference.

dispatches from Rapid Methods Europe 2016

From DNA sequencing and metagenomics to mycotoxins and GMOs at RME

Novel foodborne pathogen techniques and geographic origin determination methods as well as work from EU projects were presented at Rapid Methods Europe in Amsterdam.

Salmonella growth quickened by juices from damaged leaves

Juices from damaged leaves in bagged salad can increase Salmonella growth 2,400-fold over a control group, according to research.

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Collaborative efforts needed to tackle foodborne diseases in developing countries - expert

Collaborative efforts are imperative to reduce incidence of foodborne diseases in developing countries, according to one expert.

DNA integrity ‘critical factor’ for approach in origin testing

Molecular biology approaches that target DNA are being increasingly used for geographical traceability due to their speed, accuracy and reliability, according to review.

dispatches from Rapid Methods Europe

Research round-up: Rapid Methods Europe 2016 special

FoodQualityNews went to Amsterdam to look at the posters that presented a sample of the latest research and work in food safety and quality.

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