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Sainsbury’s recalls organic sultanas over Salmonella fears

Sainsbury’s recalls organic sultanas over Salmonella fears

The UK Food Standards Agency has reported that supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has issued a recall for its own-label SO Organic Sultanas following the detection of low level Salmonella contamination by routine product testing. The recall affects all date codes of the product, which is sold in 500g packs marked with the barcode number 0000001205312. The […]

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Source of Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe still a mystery

Source of Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe still a mystery

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have issued a second update on an outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in eleven EU member states. The outbreak has now affected at least 1,315 people since January 2013 and 240 of these have been confirmed as […]

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FDA to allow irradiation of crustaceans

FDA to allow irradiation of crustaceans

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending current food additive regulations to allow the safe use of ionising radiation on crustaceans, including crab, shrimp, prawns and lobster, to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. The amendment has been made in response to a petition from the National Fisheries Institute and follows a […]

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The DNA of safer food

The DNA of safer food

The development of molecular biology over the last 30 years – and especially in the last decade – has led to some remarkable advances in the techniques available to microbiologists for investigating foodborne disease outbreaks. The use of PCR and other analytical methods to examine the DNA of microbial pathogens has provided an entirely new […]

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Holding back the GMO tide

Holding back the GMO tide

Almost a thousand years ago King Canute had his throne placed on an English beach and commanded the advancing tide to retreat in order to demonstrate to his sycophantic courtiers how ultimately powerless he was in the face of nature. I was strongly reminded of this story when reading about the results of a recent […]

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Behind the headlines – how industry works for better food safety

Behind the headlines – how industry works for better food safety

To judge by some of the negative media coverage that the food industry routinely attracts, one could be forgiven for thinking that all food manufacturers are motivated only by bigger profits at the expense of their customer’s health. The industry is so often portrayed as unprincipled purveyors of unhealthy and unsafe foods to an unsuspecting […]

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New technique pasteurises fresh shell eggs

New technique pasteurises fresh shell eggs

Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service facility in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, have developed a new technique designed to destroy Salmonella in fresh shell eggs using the energy from radio waves instead of conventional hot water immersion. The process operates by placing the egg between two RF electrodes and passing radio waves between them. At the […]

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Beer marinade could mean safer barbecues

Beer marinade could mean safer barbecues

Researchers at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal have found that using certain types of beer to marinate samples of pork before grilling resulted in lower levels of potentially carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the meat after cooking. The team marinated pork samples for four hours in Pilsner beer, non-alcoholic Pilsner beer and a […]

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Researchers investigate Listeria outbreak strain genomes

Researchers investigate Listeria outbreak strain genomes

A team of scientists from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have been analysing the genetics of two different strains of Listeria monocytogenes involved in a multinational outbreak of infection linked to a curd cheese. The outbreak, in 2009 and 2010, affected 34 people in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, eight of whom died. […]

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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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NAMING THE GUILTY – identifying the causes of food poisoning outbreaks

NAMING THE GUILTY – identifying the causes of food poisoning outbreaks

When an outbreak of foodborne infection is reported, one of the most important tasks facing investigators is to identify the microorganism responsible. But determining the species is often not enough. Outbreak strains of bacteria or viruses need to be characterised (typed and subtyped) in much greater detail, both to confirm that suspected cases are linked, […]

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Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak – more cases reported

Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak – more cases reported

| April 15, 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update on the investigation into the multistate outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infection linked to Foster Farms brand chicken. CDC reports that the outbreak has now affected at least 524 people since March 2013. Cases have been reported in 25 states, although most […]

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Organic black peppercorns recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

Organic black peppercorns recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

| April 15, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling certain products manufactured with organic black peppercorns because of potential Salmonella contamination. The recall covers 14 products sold under the Frontier, Nature’s Place, Meijer, Sprouts, Whole Foods 365 and Simply Organic brands in various sized bulk foil packs, glass […]

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Foreign matter contamination prompts chicken nugget recall

Foreign matter contamination prompts chicken nugget recall

| April 15, 2014

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Tyson Foods Inc., of Sedalia, Missouri, is recalling approximately 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with small pieces of plastic. The recall covers 5-lb bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets – 16142-928″ with a […]

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