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Research round-up: How can bacteriophages, turmeric and BARDOT ensure safe food?

Research is a critical part of food safety, many of the tools we have today have gone through much work being seeing the light of day. FQN takes a look...

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Nottingham Trent University joins Food Authenticity Network

Nottingham Trent University has been recognised as a Centre of Expertise (CoE) for authenticity testing and will become part of the government’s Food Authenticity Network.

Dutch and UK Hepatitis A cases linked - study

A link between Dutch and UK cases of Hepatitis A from mussels in 2012 would have gone unnoticed without sequence analyses and international collaboration, according to a report.

Sample6 awarded patent for tech behind pathogen detection platform

Sample6 has earned a patent for the technology behind its phage-based bacterial detection assay.

IFR finds spore loads of Clostridium botulinum smaller than previously thought

Typical spore loads of Clostridium botulinum in raw food ingredients are smaller than previously reported, according to a study from the Institute of Food Research (IFR).

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Consumers want to hear from food producer after recall, finds survey

More than half of consumers want to hear the food producer's side of a story when they are the subject of negative publicity, according to an advertising and marketing agency.

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Food Safety Net Services reveals course schedule

Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) has released its education course schedule for this year.

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MSU test antimicrobial efficiency against Campylobacter

An antimicrobial compound approved by the US Department of Agriculture has been tested to help tackle Campylobacter jejuni.

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NDSU funded for food research

North Dakota State University (NDSU) has been funded to study food preservation methods and foodborne illness.

Could chicken movement indicate Campylobacter infection risk?

Monitoring chicken behavior can give an indication of which flocks are likely to become Campylobacter positive within seven to 10 days of life, according to a study.

Flow cytometric based method to detect E. coli O157 in spinach

A method to detect E. coli O157 in spinach that is quicker, less labour intensive and as accurate as current methods has been validated.

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Food safety lab gets boost for toxicology testing

A US food safety lab has received a year five grant to help increase toxicological services.

EFSA investigates EAEC as foodborne pathogen

A panel of the European Food Safety Authority has identified surveillance and research needs for Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) as a foodborne pathogen.

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UNL course to address knowledge gap

Students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) are learning how to identify and track sources of foodborne illness.

Evira creates model to calculate microbes in food chain

A model for statistically calculating the amounts of microbes in the production chain has been developed by the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira).

Kiwi university finds lightning fast way to test for leeching DEHP

Massey University engineers have developed a highly sensitive device that is able to detect synthetic compounds that leach from plastic packaging into food. 

Ready, Aim, Fire! Pathogen detection by laser

Progress on a reagent free technology to detect foodborne pathogens has been presented during a vendor seminar at an international conference in Prague.

Issues to overcome before widespread use of WGS

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) has been found to hold ‘significant potential’ to replace gold-standard typing methods such as PFGE for routine surveillance and detection of outbreaks.

Hygiene concerns of cheese purchased online ‘justified’ - study

Existing guidelines and infrastructures are not adequate to monitor online trade in cheese, according to authors of a study who found hygiene issues such as pathogens in samples.

Existing habits play role in response to food safety risk, says study

Consumers are reluctant to respond to food safety risks if the recommendations interfere with their existing habits, according to a study.

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Research on the start of Salmonella

Finding out how Salmonella gets started could lead to ways of reducing infections, according to an assistant professor at a Canadian University.

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Ozone Purification secures investment to accelerate market launch

Ozone Purification (OZO) has secured an undisclosed investment from Astia Angels and Wheatsheaf Group.

Cold chain failings likely to blame for staphylococcal outbreak

The main cause of a staphylococcal outbreak in Luxembourg was likely due to not maintaining the cold chain after food preparation, according to a study.

Oceana finds fishy fraud in Brussels

Almost a third of seafood was mislabelled in Brussels with economic reasons the main driver behind the fraud, according to Oceana.

Salmonella tops cause of foodborne outbreaks reported in Canada

Foodborne outbreaks accounted for 3,301 illnesses, 225 hospitalizations and 30 deaths, according to an analysis of a reporting system in Canada.

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