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CPS awards 14 grants for food safety research

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has awarded 14 grants worth $2.8m directed at food safety practices for the sector.

EFSA panel addresses risk of Salmonella and Norovirus in tomatoes

The risk factors for Salmonella and Norovirus in tomatoes has been evaluated by a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Birko workers named on committee

Dr Elis Owens and Ian Bessell from Birko have been named to the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Science and Technology Committee.

Risk factors for melon contamination by Salmonella revealed

A panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the risk of Salmonella in melons.

Microbiological stability of confectionery fillings ‘compromised’ in quest for clean labels: Study

Confectioners’ products are at a greater risk of fungal spoilage when using clean label or alcohol free chocolate confectionery fillings, according to researchers.

Initial contamination remains unknown in largest ever Dutch Salmonella outbreak

How dishes initially got contaminated at a Dutch fish producer at the centre of a Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,000 people in 2012 remains unknown.

Study estimates global burden of listeriosis

‘Urgent efforts’ needed to fill Listeria data gap in developing countries: WHO study

Listeriosis caused 23,150 illnesses, 5,463 deaths, and 172,823 disability-adjusted life-years in 2010, according to estimates in a study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. 

‘Window of opportunity’ before allergen thresholds

There is a ‘window of opportunity’ for the analytical community to get its house in order before allergen thresholds come in, according to an analyst for the Government Chemist.

Linking pathogens to pH: A novel way to detect E.coli?

A method to detect E.coli has been developed by linking pH to the pathogen.

UV light tested to kill E.coli in apple juice

Inactivation and potential reactivation of E.coli in apple juice has been studied using different ultraviolet (UV) light exposure wavelengths. 

Hepatitis A outbreak study reveals berries as source

A case-control study to find the source of a Hepatitis A outbreak in Italy has revealed that berries were the main risk factor followed by raw seafood.

Loma X5 spacesaver X-ray unit fits into production lines

Loma Systems has launched the X5 spacesaver X-ray, a food inspection unit which has been designed for production zones where space is at a premium. 

Non-thermal method trialled on green beans

A combined treatment to control bacteria growth and reduce population during storage has been tested on green beans by researchers.

Scientific breakthrough in control of deadly pathogen

Scientists believe they may have found a new weapon in the fight to control the deadly foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum, as they have discovered genes that are crucial for its...

LiquiGlide expands IP protection after global interest in its slippery coating

LiquiGlide has started international patent filings to protect the intellectual property (IP) of its slippery coating technology.

E.coli strain linked to outbreaks sequenced

The first complete genome sequencing of a strain of E. coli linked to foodborne outbreaks has been produced by researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

Environmental stresses increase Listeria resistance

Sub-lethal environmental stresses could stimulate antibiotic resistance in Listeria monocytogenes strains, according to research.

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.

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