Tag: Hygiene

Study suggests biofilms can form on reusable plastic containers

Study suggests biofilms can form on reusable plastic containers

| March 10, 2015

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 highlights Listeria contamination in retail delis

Study highlights Listeria contamination in retail delis

| February 11, 2015

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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New consortium will harness genomics to advance food safety

New consortium will harness genomics to advance food safety

| February 11, 2015

Scientists from Mars Incorporated and IBM Research in the USA have announced a collaborative food safety initiative, the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, with the aim of using new genomic techniques to understand food safety at a molecular level. The consortium plans to undertake the largest ever metagenomics study of microorganisms in a […]

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‘Chicken juice’ helps Campylobacter survive in biofilms

‘Chicken juice’ helps Campylobacter survive in biofilms

| November 18, 2014

Researchers from the UK Institute of Food Research have been investigating how the comparatively fragile cells of the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni manage to survive in poultry processing environments outside of the avian intestinal tract. Specifically, they looked at the role of a chicken meat exudate (chicken juice) from defrosted frozen birds by investigating its […]

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Learning from the mistakes of others

Learning from the mistakes of others

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is almost always instructive to read the detailed reports of investigations into food poisoning outbreaks, especially when the specific causes of the outbreak are clearly identified and properly explained. Often, the problem will have been traced to a systemic flaw or human error and the findings can be very helpful for other food manufacturers […]

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Report published on Netherlands largest ever Salmonella outbreak

Report published on Netherlands largest ever Salmonella outbreak

| October 8, 2014

A team of scientists from the Netherlands public health and food safety authorities have published a detailed report of an outbreak of Salmonella Thompson infection that affected at least 1,149 people, including four deaths, between August and December 2012. The outbreak was detected when routine Salmonella surveillance showed an increase in the number of cases […]

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HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

| September 16, 2014

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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Agency gives poultry plants hygiene all clear

Agency gives poultry plants hygiene all clear

| July 30, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that it has cleared two poultry processing plants operated by major supermarket supplier the 2 Sisters Food Group of allegations of unsatisfactory hygiene standards following detailed audits at both sites carried out on 25 July. The UK Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt requested that the […]

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GFSI publishes position paper on food fraud

GFSI publishes position paper on food fraud

| July 22, 2014

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has released a position paper on mitigating the public health risk of food fraud, which outlines steps that food businesses should take to protect consumers from the consequences of food adulteration, counterfeiting and other illegal practices. The position paper is based on work by a ‘Food Fraud Think Tank’ […]

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Peaks in Campylobacter infection linked to fondue dish

Peaks in Campylobacter infection linked to fondue dish

| July 8, 2014

A newly published study by scientists at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (TPH) in Basel has established a link between an unusual increase in human cases of campylobacteriosis over Christmas and New Year and the consumption Fondue chinoise with chicken. Campylobacter is the commonest cause of foodborne disease in Switzerland, with between 7000 […]

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