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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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Trainee public analysts attend week-long course

Scientists from UK public analyst laboratories learnt practical analytical skills in food analysis during a course organised by the Government Chemist programme.

Oregano oil nanoemulsions tested as antimicrobial control

Reduction of foodborne bacteria thanks to oregano oil nanoemulsions on lettuce shows ‘great promise’ for plant essential oils in food safety, according to the authors of a study.

16 months between Portuguese Listeria outbreak start and detection

The first reported foodborne listeriosis outbreak in Portugal highlights the need for an effective surveillance system for early detection and prompt submission of isolates for typing, according to researchers.

PHD student makes gelatine source breakthrough

A PHD student at the University of Huddersfield has developed a technique for establishing the difference between pork and beef gelatine.

WGS used in ‘near real-time’ to investigate Salmonella outbreak

A multi-country Salmonella outbreak from eggs demonstrated the importance of using MLVA to identify it and WGS to confirm the findings, according to a report in Eurosurveillance.

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Anacail raises funding for ozone technology

Anacail has raised £2m to continue development of its ozone technology for the food processing industry.

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Fresh produce safety project leaders announced

A joint proposal has been named as the successful bid for a literature review to improve safety of Australian and New Zealand produce by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC).

MIT develops sensor to detect meat spoilage

Chemically modified carbon nanotubes to detect biogenic amines from decaying meat have been created by chemists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sensor developed to improve BPA detection

A fluorescence sensor has been developed to improve detection of bisphenol A (BPA).

Salmonella investigated as part of cancer therapy

Genetically modified Salmonella can be used to kill cancer cells without the side effects associated with food poisoning, according to a study.

14% of norovirus outbreaks from food

Contaminated food accounts for 14% of norovirus disease burden, according to a study.

Research and consumer advice recommended on foodborne viruses

Molecular diagnostics, typing and quantification should be used to better understand the burden of virus contamination in foodstuffs, according to an advisory group.

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US database of food safety inspections created

A national database of food safety inspection information has been created by a team led by the University of Maryland (UMD).

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USDA makes $19m available for food safety research

Funding totalling almost $19m has been awarded in the form of 36 food safety grants by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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Toshiba claims pathogen detection in less than 2 hours

Toshiba and Kawasaki City have developed DNA chip technology that they claim can simultaneously test 14 foodborne pathogens in less than 90 minutes.

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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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