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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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EU project hopes to remove uptake barriers for novel food processing tech

An EU project is to validate optimum controls for three technologies to boost market uptake.

Consortium aims to ensure freeze-drying tech not left in the cold

A consortium has been created by Purdue University to improve freeze-drying technology.

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Nestlé Pakistan: Research is one of the first steps towards food safety

Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore.

Trace One: Consumers concerned about safety and quality of foods

More than a third of people believe food retailers or manufacturers don’t act quickly enough or provide timely information during health scares, according to Trace One.

E.coli interaction changes toxin production

Strains of harmless E. coli in the intestine can interact with pathogenic varieties to increase or decrease how much toxin the pathogen produces, according to research.

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Getting active and intelligent with food packaging and safety

Packaging from food industry by-products, the problems which can come with scaling up, active materials and limiting pathogen growth were on the agenda in Erding this week.  

Leatherhead acquired by Science Group for £1.6M

Leatherhead Food Research has been bought out of administration by the Science Group for £1.6M in a move that will rid the organisation of its legacy pension deficit, the buyer...

Hiperbaric to install HPP system at Cornell University

A Hiperbaric high pressure processing (HPP) machine will be installed at Cornell University thanks to State funding.

Engineering plants to produce protein to kill E.coli

Plant-produced colicins could be used to kill pathogenic E. coli, according to researchers.

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.

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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.

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