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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.

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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.

Listeria in ice cream used to study dose-response relationship

Despite widespread distribution of Listeria tainted ice cream not many illnesses were reported due to low contamination levels in a product that does not support growth, according to a study.

Temperature failings behind C. perfringens outbreak

Turkey prepared in an unpermitted kitchen was behind an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a 2015 Thanksgiving lunch, according to a study.

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Nestlé emphasises hygienic design importance at EHEDG

Nestlé emphasised the importance of hygienic design while co-operation between EHEDG and GFSI was mooted during an industry conference.

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From DNA sequencing and metagenomics to mycotoxins and GMOs at RME

Novel foodborne pathogen techniques and geographic origin determination methods as well as work from EU projects were presented at Rapid Methods Europe in Amsterdam.

Salmonella growth quickened by juices from damaged leaves

Juices from damaged leaves in bagged salad can increase Salmonella growth 2,400-fold over a control group, according to research.

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Collaborative efforts needed to tackle foodborne diseases in developing countries - expert

Collaborative efforts are imperative to reduce incidence of foodborne diseases in developing countries, according to one expert.

DNA integrity ‘critical factor’ for approach in origin testing

Molecular biology approaches that target DNA are being increasingly used for geographical traceability due to their speed, accuracy and reliability, according to review.

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Research round-up: Rapid Methods Europe 2016 special

FoodQualityNews went to Amsterdam to look at the posters that presented a sample of the latest research and work in food safety and quality.

Safer fruit and veg target for Bangladesh project

Improving the safety of the Bangladeshi fruit and vegetable sector is the target of a SWITCH-Asia project which runs until the end of 2019.

NTU to open food safety research centre in Singapore

A new research centre to develop more efficient and sustainable food technology is in the pipeline at a Singapore university.

Hong Kong and EU universities partner for food safety centre

European universities are to work with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on food safety.

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METROFOOD awarded €2m from Horizon 2020 fund

PRO-METROFOOD has been awarded €2m from the Horizon 2020 fund.

Outbreak is reminder source of illness may not be foodborne pathogens - study

Alternative testing methods should be considered during outbreaks of unusual gastrointestinal illness when typical foodborne pathogens are not identified, according to the analysis of an outbreak in a US Correctional...

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Food fraud and allergen management subject of symposium

A member of the EU-funded FOODINTEGRITY project will speak at a symposium in Italy next year.

BVL and JRC focus on early recognition of food crises

How data can be used for prevention, consumer perception of risk and early warning systems were highlighted in summary remarks by the president of the BVL.

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Indian non-profit opens food safety and quality control lab

An Indian not-for-profit organization has inaugurated its second Food Safety and Quality Control Lab (FSQC Lab) in Lucknow.

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Projects get backing from Center for Produce Safety

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has requested proposals on food safety research with $3m available to fund projects.

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in confectionery, finds Czech study

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in finished confectionery products as previously assumed, a Czech study suggests.

Assessing HEV infectivity tops foodborne virus research priorities

Five priority areas for future research funding on foodborne viruses have been identified by experts.

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