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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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Asia and Europe come together to talk food safety

A seminar this week is hoping to build on outcomes from the Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary (SPS) week in China last year on food safety.

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Center for Produce Safety calls for research proposals

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has called for research projects and said $3m funding is available.

Pathogen screening method developed by researchers

A method for screening bacterial pathogens in the environment has been developed by researchers.

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USDA-NIFA grants establish regional centers for food safety

Two US-based regional centers supporting food safety training and education will be created thanks to a $2m grant.

Surveillance systems to detect CFP ‘essential’ after diagnosis failure

Food recalls are likely to be inefficient in response to Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) outbreaks, according to researchers.

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Produce research backed by CPS

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has awarded 11 grants worth almost $2m to boost food safety in the sector.

Researchers suggest how caramel coated apples support Listeria growth

A possible reason for how caramel coated apples were behind a multi-state Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to seven deaths has been revealed by researchers.

Control measures for raw milk ‘not sufficient’ to prevent illness

Current control measures for raw milk production are not sufficient to prevent illness, according to a review of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis (YP) last year.

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EU project hopes to remove uptake barriers for novel food processing tech

An EU project is to validate optimum controls for three technologies to boost market uptake.

Consortium aims to ensure freeze-drying tech not left in the cold

A consortium has been created by Purdue University to improve freeze-drying technology.

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Nestlé Pakistan: Research is one of the first steps towards food safety

Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore.

Trace One: Consumers concerned about safety and quality of foods

More than a third of people believe food retailers or manufacturers don’t act quickly enough or provide timely information during health scares, according to Trace One.

E.coli interaction changes toxin production

Strains of harmless E. coli in the intestine can interact with pathogenic varieties to increase or decrease how much toxin the pathogen produces, according to research.

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