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LRQA expands FSMA-based training

LRQA has expanded its food safety training courses to offer FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Human Food FSPCA training.

Analysis of Italian E. coli O26 outbreak and HUS potential

Infections with Shiga toxin 2-producing E. coli (STEC) O26 have a high probability of progressing to haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and represent an emerging problem in Europe, according to an...

Scientists make norovirus cultivation breakthrough

Scientists have succeeded in growing noroviruses in lab cultures which will help the development of procedures to prevent and treat infection.

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PMA and United Fresh target reduction in Listeria risk

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) have created a working group on Listeria monocytogenes (Lm).

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Using online learning for training growing in F&B sector

How the food and drink sector is changing in regards to technology when it comes to staff training and compliance is the subject of an Appetite Learning webinar this week.

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New Zealand and China extend food safety partnership

A scholarship programme between New Zealand and China boosting understanding of each other’s food safety systems has been extended for two more years.

Risks posed by foodborne pathogens are not static - Pew

Risks associated with meat and poultry have not remained static with some being successfully controlled or eliminated and others emerging, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Understanding of WGS varies between countries - FAO

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) has the potential to play a significant role in food safety but the level of understanding of concepts and potential vary among countries, according to FAO.

WGS capable of revealing food fraud but limitations identified

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) could be used to determine a product is what it claims to be according to the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.

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PRAN Group to get food safety help

PRAN Group in Bangladesh is to get help to reduce food safety risks.

Allergen-reducing protein preparations could win the allergy battle

Industry could soon be able to reduce food allergy risk by modifying culprit proteins, say researchers who have filed patents on allergen-reducing technology.

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Ireland helps WTO’s poorest members improve food safety

Ireland has donated €150,000 (CHF 164,000) to help the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) poorest members boost food safety.

Nofima teams up with food firms for CO2-emitting MAP replacement

Norwegian researchers have developed a CO2 emitting pad for a range of fresh fish and meat products, saying it could replace CO2 gas and moisture pads as well as boosting...

Research round-up: Campylobacter, S. aureus and Listeria control

We have been busy again collecting a selection of recent research relevant to food safety and quality control which you can find below.

Majority trust inspectors to make food safe - survey

Almost 70% of people trust food inspectors “a great deal” or “quite a lot” to make sure food is safe, according to a survey.

Hot dog! A novel assay to detect food fraud

A novel method to detect hot dog fraud has been developed by researchers.

Flexfresh expands product offering with Rambutan trials

Uflex is running trials with an exotic fruit producer to extend shelf life of Rambutan and open up export markets.

Having traditionally cooked foods as raw flagged in report on emerging issues

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis in raw milk, oxalic acid in green smoothies and an outbreak related to raw beetroot were emerging issues identified by the Emerging Risks Exchange Network (EREN).

IBM shows use of Big Data and analytics in outbreak investigation

Analyzing retail-scanner data from grocery stores against maps of confirmed foodborne illness cases can speed up investigations, according to IBM Research - Almaden.

BfR leading project on detection of highly pathogenic bacteria

A research project to protect against highly pathogenic bacteria entering the food chain is being co-ordinated by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Danish project targets safer and expanded use of camel milk

A Danish development project is aiming to make African camel milk safer to drink and develop methods for further processing.

Research round-up: Food Micro 2016 special

FoodQualityNews went to Ireland for Food Micro 2016 to take a look at the posters that presented a sample of the latest research in the field.

Campden BRI: Bacteriophage treatments are not a ‘magic bullet’

Bacteriophage treatments are not a ‘magic bullet’ and should be used in the hurdle approach to food safety, according to findings of a critical review by Campden BRI.

FDA and Sample6 collaborate on pathogen detection tech

Sample6 is working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its pathogen testing detection system.

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Food industry wants faster tests to check products - Fraunhofer

A test to rapidly and cost-effectively identify bacteria, fungi or viruses in industries including food is being developed by Fraunhofer researchers.

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