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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

Salmonella investigation uncovers cooking method risk

An investigation into a Salmonella outbreak in Canada has suggested the cooking method for chicken shawarma may represent a risk.

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FSSAI employees profit from IGFS and Waters partnership

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast and Waters Corporation have partnered to promote food safety.

Listeria reacts to and blocks cleaning and disinfectants through genetics

Certain genetic mechanisms allow Listeria monocytogenes to react to and block the effects of cleaning solutions and disinfectants, according to a study.

Conveyor belt possible contamination hotspot in Listeria outbreak

Environmental sampling in a plant linked to a Listeria outbreak in Germany has revealed a conveyor belt on which food was placed before packaging as a potential contamination hotspot.

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SafetyChain and TAG look at challenges for food safety and quality teams

SafetyChain Software and The Acheson Group are to assess challenges faced by food safety and quality teams and gain insight into how they are being overcome.

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USDA to provide user with new information on recalls

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated a mobile application to provide users with new information on recalls.

CTI launches heat-activated ‘Tamper Alert’ for dairy

Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) has developed a ‘Tamper Alert’ with irreversible, heat-activated ink technology

Research round-up: NASA, active packaging and dormant pathogens

Summer is almost over and it is back to the research lab – we take a look at what research has been done in the last month.

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Consumers expects same taste, quality and texture on consistent basis - Thermo

The consumer expects the same taste, quality and texture all the time no matter when or where he buys a product of a certain brand, according to an expert.

Slovakian botulism case linked to rare subtype in hummus

A very rare subtype implicated in only one previous outbreak was responsible for a case of botulism in Slovakia, according to research.

Norovirus detected in water coolers linked to outbreak - study

High levels of norovirus genotypes I and II were detected in office water coolers associated with an outbreak last year.

Zoonoses more sensitive to climate than solely human or animal pathogens

The impact of climate change on emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to University of Liverpool research.

China direct

Chinese retailers jumping on blockchain to safeguard against scandals

China’s second-biggest e-commerce platform has taken to using blockchain technology to help consumers track the provenance of some of the food available on its site.

Difficulties in detecting and quantifying allergens identified

Difficulties for labs in detecting and quantifying allergens have been looked at by researchers using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem MS (UHPLC-MS/MS).

Australia

Scientists trial charged-water irrigation system to boost food safety

Technology that allows vegetables to be cleaned with electrically charged water before harvest is being trialled in Australia.

One in five sausage samples subject to species substitution

One in five sausages sampled contained meat not declared on the label, according to a Canadian study.

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CDC awards food safety funds to state and local health departments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200m to help prevent, detect, respond to and control threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

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MoU signed and CDB funding for Grenada

A trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed while Grenada has received funding to boost food safety in the produce sector.

Campylobacter, Salmonella and norovirus cause most illnesses in France

Campylobacter, Salmonella and norovirus were responsible for more than 70% of foodborne illnesses in France during a five year period.

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ANSES finds increased consumption of raw foods of animal origin

New consumer behaviours are potentially posing a greater risk to health, according to a survey on eating habits of the French population.

Research round-up: FAIR and Factbook and pathogens in water

While it might be summer break for most we will continue to round-up the food safety and quality research.

Ambrosus looks at blockchain-based platform to improve supply chain

Ambrosus has launched plans for a blockchain-based platform to overcome ‘deficiencies and challenges’ in the food supply chain.

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

EyeSucceed to address food safety issues with wearable technology

NSF International, which partnered with Google to pilot its EyeSucceed Smart Glasses, has been recognized as a ‘Glass Partner’ for food industry applications.

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Intralytix: Investment allows us to expand phage production

Intralytix has received $17.5m in equity funding from Lesaffre to create a series of novel bacteriophage-based products.

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