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EFSA examines risk of Ebola transmission through food

EFSA examines risk of Ebola transmission through food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a new report assessing the risk of Ebola virus transmission from consumption of raw foods – notably plants, fruit and vegetables – legally imported into the EU from countries in Africa. To date there have been no reports of human infection with the virus from consumption of […]

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EFSA makes food safety data available

EFSA makes food safety data available

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that it aims to provide public access to the food safety data it has collected and stored in the course of its risk assessment and exposure studies by launching a new “data warehouse”. EFSA’s scientific data has been collected both by the Authority itself, by EU Member […]

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Concern over antibiotic resistance in Salmonella and Campylobacter

Concern over antibiotic resistance in Salmonella and Campylobacter

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have published their latest joint report on antibiotic resistance in bacteria from humans, animals and food, using data collected in 2013. The EFSA-ECDC European Union Summary Report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals […]

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FSA publishes latest Campylobacter survey results

FSA publishes latest Campylobacter survey results

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released the latest set of results from its on-going 12-month survey of Campylobacter on fresh chickens sold through the big supermarket chains and other smaller retail outlets. This set of results includes all the 3,061 samples of whole fresh chicken and packaging taken in the 9-month period between […]

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Editors blog

The spice trade under scrutiny

The spice trade under scrutiny

Undeclared nut protein in herbs and spices is a hot topic and a developing food safety problem. The issue first surfaced in the USA and Canada in December last year, when samples of cumin began testing positive for peanut protein, triggering a series of recalls and prompting the FDA to issue advice to consumers with […]

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Raw milk – EFSA wades in

Raw milk – EFSA wades in

What is it about raw milk that rouses such passions? A few minutes spent researching the subject on the Internet soon turns up all manner of individuals and organisations promoting the supposed health, nutritional and taste benefits of drinking milk fresh from the cow, while deriding the pasteurised version as a pale shadow of the […]

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Food safety in 2014 – the good, the bad and the politics

Food safety in 2014 – the good, the bad and the politics

Looking back over the last twelve months it is possible to see several positive developments in the world of food safety. Firstly, the implications of growing levels of food fraud have now been recognised in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat in beef scandal and in the UK this has resulted in the setting up […]

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Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter has been the commonest cause of foodborne disease in the UK for nearly ten years. Yet until quite recently, comparatively few people had ever heard of it. That is changing rapidly as the mainstream media begins to focus much more attention on this rather unusual pathogen. The latest flurry of coverage was generated last […]

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New Research

Survey highlights ochratoxin A risk in oat-based breakfast cereals

Survey highlights ochratoxin A risk in oat-based breakfast cereals

Researchers from the University of Idaho in the USA have tested samples of various breakfast cereals on retail sale for the presence of the fungal toxin ochratoxin A (OTA) and found that some oat-based products contained undesirably high levels. The researchers analysed 489 samples of cereals made from corn, wheat, rice and oats using a […]

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Study suggests biofilms can form on reusable plastic containers

Study suggests biofilms can form on reusable plastic containers

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Arkansas and WBA Analytical Laboratories in the USA has revealed that bacterial pathogens may persist on the surfaces of the reusable plastic containers (RPC) often used to transport fresh produce and other foods even after standard cleaning and sanitising. The researchers, led by Dr Steven […]

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Study links food additives with inflammatory bowel disease and obesity

Study links food additives with inflammatory bowel disease and obesity

A newly published study led by researchers from Georgia State University in the USA suggests that emulsifiers in processed foods may affect the gut microbiota, causing intestinal inflammation and leading to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metabolic syndrome. The researchers fed mice with two commonly used food emulsifiers, polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose, at doses designed to […]

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Study highlights Listeria contamination in retail delis

Study highlights Listeria contamination in retail delis

A recently published research study by food scientists at Purdue University in the USA has found that standard cleaning procedures used in retail delis may not always eradicate Listeria monocytogenes effectively. The study, led by Assistant Professor of food science Haley Oliver, took swabs samples from food contact and non-food contact surfaces in 30 delis […]

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Feature Articles

A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

Supply chains have become ever longer and more complex as food production has developed into a truly global industry. The need to monitor the safety of food at every stage means that microbiological testing remains a key weapon in the fight against food contamination and the volume of testing undertaken continues to grow. Today’s laboratories […]

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HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

The HACCP-driven hygiene procedures in place in modern food production facilities are an essential part of ensuring safety and quality in the food supply chain. Clean food handling and processing equipment is a prerequisite for good hygiene, but the effectiveness of cleaning must also be monitored and recorded.

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – a global food safety problem

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – a global food safety problem

The development of antibiotics in the 1940s led to a revolution in the treatment of infectious diseases. But after more than 60 years of use and misuse, many antibiotics have lost much of their effectiveness as bacteria develop resistance to them. This situation has arisen partly as a result of overuse in clinical medicine, but […]

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CONTROLLING FOOD ALLERGENS

CONTROLLING FOOD ALLERGENS

The issue of food allergy has become an increasingly important one for the food industry over the last ten years. The prevalence of allergic reactions to certain foods seems to be increasing in the population and legislation has been introduced requiring food businesses to label foods containing major allergens. This has created a significant new […]

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FSA to hold herb and spice workshop

FSA to hold herb and spice workshop

| February 24, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be hosting a workshop on the 25th February to consider the recent discovery of undeclared almond protein in cumin and paprika and to identify weak points in the herb and spice supply chains. Representatives from the British Retail Consortium, The Food and Drink Federation and the Seasoning and […]

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2014 US Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated cucumbers

2014 US Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated cucumbers

| February 24, 2015

A team of investigators from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a report of their investigation into a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infection that was identified in August 2014. The outbreak affected at least 275 people in 29 states and the District of Columbia between May and September. A […]

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Beef products recalled over Listeria contamination

Beef products recalled over Listeria contamination

| February 24, 2015

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Kenosha Beef International, of Columbus Ohio, is recalling approximately 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat beefsteak patty product because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled beefsteak patties are fully cooked and were produced on 24 January 2015. They are packed in 35.3-lb boxes labelled […]

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