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Four tools to help fight food borne illness & boost food safety efforts

Declaring that public health professionals are “losing the battle” against food borne illness, a former president of the International Association of Food Protection suggests food safety specialists over-rely on training,...

Dutch Qlip dairy lab opens

Qlip’s new dairy laboratory in Zutphen, the Netherlands, has been officially opened by the King of the Netherlands.

Make tomatoes tasty again: Scientists discover ‘flavour genes’ in the world’s most valuable fruit

Mass produced commercial tomatoes contain increasingly less flavour and return increasingly less consumer satisfaction. A team of researchers has discovered a ‘genetic roadmap’ for rebreeding tastiness into tomatoes

Infuser and partners to scale-up disinfection technology

Infuser has started a project to scale-up disinfection technology to boost food safety for industry.

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Canada contributes to Codex and OIE budgets

Canada is to contribute an additional $1m to international bodies that develop standards for food safety and plant protection.

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915 Labs and Printpack to present MATS technology

A Thai university is hosting a conference to introduce a method for packaging foods and beverages called Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization (MATS).

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Fresh Strips in SPIE Startup Challenge

A start-up focussed on improving food safety and reducing waste has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge.

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FSNS announces course schedule for food safety training

Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) has revealed its course schedule for food safety training for 2017.

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EU project for nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging

An EU-funded project is aiming to extend food shelf life by using novel antimicrobial surfaces applied in active packaging.

Indigenous populations often at higher risk for foodborne illness

Walrus, seal, caribou and whale were the most common traditional items tied to foodborne illness among Indigenous populations, according to a Canadian review.

Listeria monocytogenes literature search ahead of risk assessment

Risk factors of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods have been described by researchers.

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Behaviour change focus for Consumer Food Safety Education Conference

More than 400 people are expected to attend the 2017 Consumer Food Safety Education (CFSE) Conference.

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FAO and Sapienza University work together on food safety

The FAO and an Italian University have strengthened collaboration around areas including food safety.

Pork supply chain failures identified in 2014 E. coli outbreak

There were failures throughout the supply chain, according to a report on an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Canada three years ago.

Data on tropane alkaloids in EU will help exposure assessments

Data on which tropane alkaloids (TAs) are of concern in Europe has been collected to form the basis for future exposure assessments.

Sequencing alone ‘not enough’ to ensure food safety management

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is advantageous but does not replace the need for basic epidemiology, according to experts.

8% of Finnish chicken contaminated with Campylobacter - study

Less than 10% of chicken and just over 3% of turkey sold fresh in retail stores were found to be contaminated with Campylobacter, according to a Finnish study.

Use of infrared and UV investigated to inactivate microorganisms on meat

Fraunhofer IVV is helping to develop processes for the surface sterilization of packaged meat and sausage products.

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Yarok test finalist at Food+City Challenge

Yarok Technology Transfer has been named as a finalist in the Food+City Challenge Prize contest, in Texas in February 2017.

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Nanotechnology forms part of EU project

An EU project is to run pilot lines in operational industrial environments to manufacture antimicrobial polymer films.

B. cereus outbreaks characterised to improve monitoring

Seventy four Bacillus cereus outbreaks which resulted in 911 human cases over seven years in France underlines the need to improve monitoring, according to a study.

Prevent norovirus outbreaks by shellfish analysis at ‘risky’ times - study

Norovirus outbreaks could be prevented by analysing shellfish at elevated risk times, according to a study.

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UH team wins prize for food safety training system

A University of Houston (UH) team has won a competition to help bring smartphone/tablet based food safety training tools to commercialization.

dispatches from EHEDG Congress

Data potential and how to approach hygienic design at EHEDG

Mondelēz shared the consequences of hygienic design failings and Sealed Air explained how data could be used to achieve cleaning efficiencies at a recent congress.

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UMass expert gets NIFA grant to promote food safety

University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a two-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Food Safety Outreach Program.

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