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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

PCR approaches for detection of horse meat evaluated

An evaluation of the limits of detection (LOD) of three methods has shown that all have the potential and capability of reaching less than 0.1% w/w raw horse meat in...

Irradiation backed as study reveals food safety practice concerns

An expert in consumer behavior and food science has backed the use of irradiation after a study found consumers do not follow recommended food safety practices in preparing meals at...

NMR potential to tackle tomato food fraud

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) profiling could help determine between organic and conventional tomatoes to prevent food fraud, according to researchers.  

Changing Listeria contamination patterns analysed in cheese facility

The sources of Listeria monocytogenes contamination and its changing patterns in a fresh cheese processing plant have been investigated by researchers.

Campylobacter risk in festive dish highlights hygiene importance

Eating a national festive dish is a risk factor for human campylobacteriosis in Switzerland, according to researchers.

Marketing meat: On-pack quality and credibility cues vital, say researchers

Global meat consumption will continue to boom but a consumer shift from price concerns to quality means meat processors need to step up marketing efforts, researchers warn.

MSU professor to battle viral food pathogens

Next generation genomic tools are being used in a project to reduce foodborne outbreaks associated with fresh produce.

Grant supports ‘interdisciplinary’ food safety training

A grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will support a project which will integrate computer simulation with the teaching of food safety.

‘Protective coat’ for Listeria discovered

A substance that greatly increases the survival of Listeria monocytogenes has been discovered by researchers who hope it will lead to better techniques to combat the pathogen.

Understanding the Challenges of the Food System grant winner

Modelling the supply chain for predictive approach

An effort to identify weaknesses in the supply chain and make industry more predictive than reactive is being undertaken by the University of Manchester.

Biosensor tested as pathogen screening device

An in-situ fluorescent immunomagnetic sensor approach has been developed as a pathogen screening tool.

Understanding the Challenges of the Food System grant winner

Public reaction to horse meat to be analysed through social media

Social media data surrounding the horse meat incident will be analysed by Cardiff University researchers to see how rumours spread and measure public engagement.   

WGS evaluated in Salmonella outbreak

An outbreak of Salmonella Newport from watermelon across six countries has been used as an opportunity to evaluate whole genome sequencing (WGS) by researchers.

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Campden BRI to hold seminar on E.coli

A Campden BRI seminar in November is to examine Shiga toxin-producing E.coli.

Smart materials to detect pathogens before reaching consumers

Smart materials to detect harmful microbes that cause foodborne illnesses are being developed by researchers at the University of Alberta.

Grant winners to share almost £2m for food industry research

Five applicants will share a grant of almost £2m to investigate challenges around the UK food system.

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Dow touts ozone tech

Dow Microbial Control has revealed extended data about its technology for food processing and packaging environments.

Understanding Salmonella in pork meat processing

Salmonella behaviour in pork processing and factors to influence persistence and adaption have been investigated at the Technical University of Denmark.

Real time PCR approach developed to detect Listeria

Researchers have developed a real time (rt-) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocol for the rapid and reliable identification and quantitative detection of Listeria monocytogenes.

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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.

Australia

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.

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