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Hepatits A vaccination recommendations ‘may need to be reconsidered’

Reconsidering vaccination recommendations is one potential follow-up action after a ‘large and prolonged’ Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries that sickened more than 1,500 people.

Food safety research highlights plus IFT and Process Expo

Cornell looking at phages, Washington State research into UVC light and Process Expo and IFT announcements feature in a round-up of food safety and quality control news.

Consumers could be exposed to Klebseilla from meat – study

Contaminated meat may be an important source of human exposure to Klebsiella, according to a study.

E.coli outbreaks grow and beef is top cause

There were more E. coli O157 outbreaks during 2003–2012 than the previous 20 years, possibly due to improvements in surveillance, according to research.

No returning to foods perceived as unsafe for nearly 40%, finds survey

Almost 40% of people said there was no returning to foods they perceive as unsafe, according to a survey by Hahn Public’s Food and Farm communications team.

Blue LEDs show promise as food preservation method

Blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) have strong antibacterial effects on foodborne pathogens, according to a study from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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Bühler looking at applications for ebeam technology

The Comet Group and Bühler are to work together to develop applications based on ebeam technology.

Salmonella tracking tools developed to control pathogen

A diagnostic tool and dataset for identifying Salmonella has been developed by a veterinary medical officer with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Urgent inquiry system to detect multi-country outbreaks evaluated

More information is shared and outbreaks are likely to be reported at an earlier stage, according to an analysis of systems introduced for surveillance of food and waterborne outbreaks a few...

MRSA found in UK retail meat products

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been found in retail meat products from supermarkets in the UK.

Reference materials studied for silver nanoparticles in meat

A feasibility study for a reference material of silver nanoparticles in chicken meat has been investigated by scientists.

Click4Tag working on pre-enrichment method for quicker market release

A specific pre-enrichment technique for culturable Gram negative bacteria that allows fast detection and isolation has been described by researchers.

WGS and geographic mapping traces outbreak source to India

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and geographic mapping clearly improves source tracking and surveillance of foodborne outbreaks, according to researchers.

InstantLabs partners with FDA on catfish test

InstantLabs has partnered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a catfish species identification test to prevent mislabelling and seafood fraud.

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UNL to research low-moisture food safety techniques

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has received a USDA food safety grant to enhance low-moisture food safety by improving pasteurization technologies.

Clostridium spores subject of IFR research

Understanding how clostridia bacteria emerge from spores, germinate and go on to produce the toxin responsible for botulism has taken a step forward thanks to scientists from the Institute of...

Source of multi-national outbreak of Salmonella unclear

Budget cuts at a Finnish agency will delay detection of Salmonella outbreaks among travellers, according to researchers reporting on an incident which has affected almost 200 people.

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UC Davis signs deal to establish Chinese food safety center

The University of California Davis (UC Davis) has signed an agreement with officials from a Chinese city to coordinate research and training activities in food safety.

Novel paper biosensors could detect food contaminants

A method to print paper biosensors that could be used in the food safety field has been developed at McMaster University.

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EFSA speaks at JDFA workshop

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) representatives have attended a workshop with the JDFA to strengthen food safety approaches.

‘Anaerobic testing has no relevance to oxo-biodegradable plastic’

Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association claims MSU study on biodegradable plastics is misleading

The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has claimed that tests used in a study by Michigan State University, in the US, were largely irrelevant for oxo-biodegradable plastic.

Coffee by-products may have prebiotic, antimicrobial and antioxidant potential

More than 2 billion tons of coffee by-products that are currently thrown away could have applications in the food and nutrition sector, say researchers.

Study suggests biodegradation-promoting additives for degrading PE and PET are not effective

The Food and Beverage industry has seen increasing interest in adopting biodegradable plastics to use biodegradation as a disposal route. However, most of the commercial polymers from the polyolefin and...

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PositiveID expands testing of Firefly Dx PCR chip to food safety market

PositiveID Corporation said it has detected E. coli bacteria on the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) chip of its pathogen detection system in less than 20 minutes.

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Anivax licences vaccine to tackle Campylobacter

Anivax and the University of Arizona have signed an agreement to license a Campylobacter food safety vaccine.

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