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Unisys wins 3-year IT contract at EFSA

Unisys Corporation has been awarded a multi-million Euro contract as part of a consortium to deliver IT services and support for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Aseptia introduces preservation technology to food market

Aseptia has introduced preservation technology based on volumetric heating to the food market.

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NoWFOOD recognised as food safety training centre

The University of Chester’s North West Food Research Development (NoWFOOD) Centre has been recognised for food safety. 

Recall class biggest factor on bottom line

The class of a recall is the most impactful factor on bottom line when a firm faces a meat or poultry recall, according to research.

A nutty idea? Reducing foodborne illness with peanuts

White peanut kernel could help reduce Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and Salmonella, according to a study.

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus and food safety is from Earth

Technology originally designed for use in outer space has been applied to detect radioactive cesium contamination in food.

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Fish and chips: Scientists devise 'credit card' to test for histamine

Flinders University researchers have invented a revolutionary hi-tech method to test for food poisoning in fish.

Listeria lavatory findings ‘of interest to food industry’

A study investigating Listeria monocytogenes in lavatory facilities could have interesting findings for food producing plants, according to one of the authors.

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Produce focus for food safety PhD projects

Detection and control of noroviruses in fresh produce and foodborne pathogens on basil and strawberry are the subject of two PhD’s from the University of Gent.

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Campylobacter at centre of SOFHT event

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), Bernard Matthews and Sealed Air will be speaking at a conference on Campylobacter next month.

Patent-pending technology on Johnnie Walker Blue Label goes beyond QR codes

Not just any old bottle: Diageo ‘smart bottle’ thwarts counterfeiters and boosts consumer experience

Diageo and Thin Film Electronics have released a prototype Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘smart bottle,’ which can assure consumers of authenticity, help the industry track the product, and ‘completely change...

Could food be route for Clostridium difficile infection?

More research is needed to establish whether Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) can be caused by food, according to researchers.

Firms turning to social media to manage product recall fallout

Interactive social media decreases the negative market reaction to product recalls compared to firms who do not use the platform, according to a study.

Sanitation methods brought into question with Listeria study

Failure to thoroughly clean and sanitize is allowing Listeria monocytogenes to persist in some delis, according to a Purdue University study.

Ripening times impact Listeria in Cantal type cheeses - study

Long ripening times for raw milk Cantal type cheeses lead to a decrease in Listeria monocytogenes, according to a study.

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Foodborne pathogen research grant for UAPB

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has received a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to study foodborne pathogens.

FOODSEG project consortium continues work

A European consortium will continue its work with annual meetings despite the project ending last year.

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MRI method to understand pathogens in produce

A grant of $150,000 has been awarded to the University of Maine to develop a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based method to understand pathogens in produce.

Eurofins to address microbiological knowledge gap

The biggest knowledge gap is understanding a commercial lab environment rather than a university one, according to Eurofins, which has launched a two year scheme for Microbiology Undergraduates at the...

Lab-on-a-chip approach to detect common food ingredients

A proof-of-principle has been designed and demonstrated for a system to detect crop species in processed foods.

ANSES and CFSA to cooperate on food safety

ANSES has created a cooperation agreement with the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA).

Seafood fraud tackled by handheld sensor

A handheld sensor to stop fraudulent seafood species claims has been developed at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science.

Norovirus in berries tops risk ranking model

Norovirus in berries presents the highest food/pathogen risk from fresh fruit and vegetables in Denmark, according to researchers.

ANSES calls for scientists

The French food agency ANSES is recruiting scientists to renew five of its expert committees and five working groups.

Hepatitis A outbreak from Egypt linked to strawberries

More than 100 cases from 14 countries reported Hepatitis A cases in people returning from Egypt between November 2012 and April 2013, according to a Eurosurveillance report.

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