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SALAD DAYS (Part II) – an investigation into the microbiological safety of prepared salads

SALAD DAYS (Part II) – an investigation into the microbiological safety of prepared salads

| February 28, 2009

Green salad leaves are attracting growing international concern as a potential source of foodborne pathogens, not only in domestic markets, but also in international trade. Vegetables such as lettuce and spinach are vulnerable to contamination at many stages in the food supply chain, but it is contamination in the field that is most worrying, mainly […]

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SALAD DAYS – an investigation into the microbiological safety of prepared salads

SALAD DAYS – an investigation into the microbiological safety of prepared salads

| February 27, 2009

Food poisoning outbreaks caused by fresh produce have been making food safety headlines on a regular basis in recent years, especially in the USA. A series of large, high profile Salmonella and O157 outbreaks linked to salad vegetables have caused untold damage to the fresh produce industry and have left the sector with a reputation […]

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FOOD IRRADIATION – The Lost Technology

FOOD IRRADIATION – The Lost Technology

| October 17, 2008

It is more than 100 years since the discovery that ionising radiation could be used to destroy microorganisms. The potential applications for food safety and quality were realised early on, but despite this, food irradiation has made remarkably little progress in comparison with other technologies that have much shorter histories. Consumer attitudes, safety worries, regulatory […]

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BIOFILMS ADD NEW DIMENSIONS TO FOOD MICROBIOLOGY

BIOFILMS ADD NEW DIMENSIONS TO FOOD MICROBIOLOGY

| June 24, 2008

If you are a food scientist or food technologist you are probably familiar with the term ‘biofilm’. You are probably aware that a biofilm consists of a layer of microorganisms embedded in a kind of microbial slime that forms on wet surfaces in food processing areas and makes them more difficult to clean properly. You […]

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HYGIENE BY DESIGN

HYGIENE BY DESIGN

| May 21, 2008

Contaminated food processing equipment has been responsible for a number of major food poisoning outbreaks over the years, not to mention innumerable cases of product spoilage and quality defects. In some cases these events are the result of a failure to maintain, clean, or operate the equipment hygienically, but in others the fault can be […]

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