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More emphasis on microbes required in food safety

Current concepts regarding food safety and security may be inadequate to fully address what is an increasingly complex issue, according to a Lincoln University scientist.

Bird is the word: CMS and UGA tackle poultry processing safety

The antimicrobial specialist is teaming up with scientists at the University of Georgia on technology to increase the safety of secondary poultry processing environments.


Researchers develop new system to test for mercury in water

A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers in Adelaide.

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Iron-ing out Listeria to find vaccines

The mechanisms of iron regulation in Listeria monocytogenes are being researched by a biologist-biochemist from Navarra University, in Spain.

SAP partners with Tru-ID to tackle food fraud

SAP has partnered with Tru-ID to integrate DNA-based verification testing into its supply chain software.

Cinnamon found to control non-O157 E.coli STEC

Cinnamomum cassia oil has the potential to be used as a natural antibacterial agent to control non-O157 STECs in food, according to Washington State University scientists.

Cracked? Preventing Salmonella in nuts focus for research

Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded almost $400,000 by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reduce the Salmonella risk of low-moisture foods.

Pathogen growth slowed by polylysine and MAP

Polylysine with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) can inhibit the growth of E.coli O157:H7 and Salmonella pathogens in fresh beef.

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IBM creates system to speed up outbreak investigations

A system that combines retail data with public health case reports could speed up outbreak investigations and provide better information on suspected products, according to IBM.

Hot water treatment effective but affects bean sprout quality

Hot water treatment is an effective decontamination technique for raw mung bean sprouts but commercial feasibility could be affected by physical quality of the product, according to research.  

Bühler Aeroglide cracks the code on peanut safety

Food scientists at Bühler Aeroglide report they have come up with a method to dry-roast peanuts that significantly reduces the risk of Salmonella contamination.

Seaweed compound boosts oxygen indicating films

A UV-activated oxygen indicator which has resistance to dye-leaching and quickly recovers its colour has been created by researchers.

Blocking Salmonella's access to nutrient could fight infection

Salmonella relies heavily on a single nutrient during growth in the inflamed intestine and blocking access could fight infection.

Investment boost for pathogen detection tech

ProteoSense has received an investment in its sensor to detect proteins markers in pathogens targeted at food safety in fresh produce.

Salmonella outbreak detection with MLVA

Profiles from a method to perform molecular typing can determine if it is a single incident or part of a larger outbreak, according to researchers from the University of Melbourne.

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Top 11 advancements in food safety and quality

A veteran food scientist shares his views on the most important technological developments to hit the food safety and quality arena in recent decades.

BPA and phthalate exposure revealed in pregnant Canadian women

Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalate exposure among pregnant women is comparable to or lower than what was found in a Canadian national population-based survey.

E.coli research targets quicker quantification and detection

A molecular assay to detect and quantify major genes specific for E. coli O157 has been developed and validated by researchers at Kansas State University.

Norovirus in berries an emerging public health risk - EFSA

Outbreaks associated with Norovirus in frozen raspberries and strawberries are an emerging public health risk, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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UK uni trials Listeria sensor

A sensor capable of collecting and detecting Listeria monocytogenes on food industry surfaces is being tested by scientists at the University of Southampton.

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UKAS pilot programme participants revealed

Cert ID Europe, NSF Certification UK and SGS UK are some of the firms taking part in a UKAS pilot assessment programme for accreditation of certification bodies for a BRC...

Biome paves the way with lignin research

Could trees catapult bioplastics market?

A research project led by UK company Biome Bioplastics has shown organic chemicals can be extracted from the plant material lignin. 

FDA: WGS has one stop shop potential but transition time needed

Using whole genome sequencing (WGS) in foodborne outbreak traceback investigations is pushing the science of food safety into the next generation but there is still some work to do, according...

Grant for novel bacteria detection and separation method

A research team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received almost $500,000 to develop faster methods for detecting and separating microbial contamination from food.

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Software to evaluate Campylobacter in broiler meat risk

A software tool for setting and evaluating risk-based microbiological criteria for Campylobacter in broiler meat has been developed.

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