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Novolyze platform evaluates pathogen inactivation

Novolyze has launched a platform to standardise the evaluation of pathogen inactivation.

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.

ALSO: Indicia Production acquires Metis Biotechnologies

BioControl acquisition opens F&B growth opportunities - Merck

Merck has acquired BioControl Systems as it looks to grow in the food and beverage space and particularly the US.

ECDC: Molecular surveillance system relies on labs to produce comparable results

A number of technical issues reducing the quality of typing results have been identified in EU labs, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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Invisible Sentinel’s STEC assay backed by AOAC

Invisible Sentinel’s platform for detecting shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) has been certified by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

Agilent expands chromatography capabilities in California

Agilent Technologies has opened a $14.7m technology centerin Folsom, California to expand capabilities for chromatography consumables and hardware.

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Funds will help us expand in Asia - Oxford Nanopore

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has raised £100m ($126m) in funding through a private placement of ordinary shares bringing the total secured to £351m.

Hygiena to acquire DuPont's food safety diagnostics business

Hygiena is to acquire DuPont's food safety diagnostics business for an undisclosed amount and says it plans to invest behind new product development.

Michael Taylor, Former FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods joins Board of Directors

Clear Labs: Funding round will help us reach companies on global scale

Clear Labs has raised $13m in Series B funding to expand its software and next generation sequencing (NGS) tests.

CDC misses Salmonella and E. coli reduction targets

Reduction targets for Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) O157 and Salmonella have been missed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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ECDC: More than 300 outbreaks alerts assessed since EPIS-FWD launch

An updated version of a restricted web-based communication platform to ensure early detection and coordinated response to multi-state outbreaks has been launched.

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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.

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.

Neogen develops method to detect Listeria spp., L. mono

Neogen has developed a method to detect Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes using one sample enrichment broth and one agar plate.

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Sequencing centre opened by UK Prime Minister

Two buildings at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have been opened by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

IDEXX broadens use of E. coli detection test

IDEXX is to introduce its total coliform and E. coli test to the food processing and packaging industries.

Windjammer takeover of Advanced Instruments falls in line with growing dairy testing market

Midmarket investment firm Windjammer has acquired Massachusetts-based Advanced Instruments (AI), maker of dairy analysis tools, after receiving US regulatory clearance from the Federal Trade Commission.

Guest article

Looking for mycotoxins in dairy products - New detection methods can be lifesavers

If you are in the dairy business, you know the threats posed by mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 and M1.

dispatches from Rapid Methods Europe 2016

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.

Intertek sees UK E. coli testing increase

Intertek Food Services UK has increased capacity to enable faster turnaround on E. coli testing in response to customer demand.

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.

dispatches from Rapid Methods Europe

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.

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Food Quality News editor to discuss food safety in Xtalks webinar

The editor of FoodQualityNews is to host a webinar next week looking at food safety in a global context.

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.

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