Tag: Meat processing

Pork products recalled in Canada over E. coli contamination

Pork products recalled in Canada over E. coli contamination

| February 19, 2016

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reports that Hillview Meat Processor has recalled raw pork and pork organ products supplied to food businesses in Calgary, Alberta, because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recalled products were supplied to 11 companies in Calgary for further processing into raw meat cuts, ground pork, sausages and raw […]

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IARC classifies processed meat as carcinogenic

IARC classifies processed meat as carcinogenic

| November 3, 2015

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) a World Health Organisation agency, has published the conclusions from its evaluation of the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat, such as salted, cured, smoked and fermented meat products. An IARC Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries reviewed all the accumulated […]

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Concerns over MRSA in pork

Concerns over MRSA in pork

| June 19, 2015

Livestock-associated strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been isolated from samples of pork on retail sale in the UK by two recent studies, prompting concern over the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the human food chain. The first study, commissioned and reported by the Guardian newspaper, tested 100 packs of pork chops, bacon and […]

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Antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain – time to act

Antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain – time to act

| May 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

The issue of antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic bacteria is at last being taken seriously at a high level, with calls for more funding for the development of new drugs and action to prevent the overuse of clinically important antibiotics. This is very much a case of ‘better late than never’ – it’s about 45 years […]

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Phages in chicken could help spread antibiotic resistance

Phages in chicken could help spread antibiotic resistance

| May 19, 2015

Newly published research by investigators at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria revealed that many samples of chicken meat on retail sale contained phages (viruses that infect bacteria) capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes between bacterial cells. The research team analysed 50 samples of chicken meat purchased from supermarkets and butchers in Austria […]

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One in three people at risk from Campylobacter infection

One in three people at risk from Campylobacter infection

| May 19, 2015

According to new figures from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), up to a third of the population risk being infected with the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter at some point during their lifetime. The estimate is based on the current incidence of about 280,000 cases each year. The publication of the figures marks the start of […]

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Listeria outbreak reported in Denmark

Listeria outbreak reported in Denmark

| May 5, 2015

According to press reports, the Danish State Serum Institute (SSI) has announced that five cases of listeriosis were recorded within a single week during April. Two of the people infected subsequently died. Typically, only one case of Listeria infection would be expected during a seven-day period in Denmark. So the SSI considers five cases in […]

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Researchers develop meat spoilage nano-sensor

Researchers develop meat spoilage nano-sensor

| April 17, 2015

A team of chemists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA has developed a new portable sensor based on chemically modified carbon nanotubes, which is able to detect the volatile chemical by-products of microbial meat spoilage. The MIT researchers modified the carbon nanotubes with a metalloporphyrin containing a central cobalt atom bound […]

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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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Survey results show continuing high levels of Campylobacter in chicken

Survey results show continuing high levels of Campylobacter in chicken

| November 27, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published cumulative results from the first two quarters of a 12-month survey of Campylobacter levels in fresh chickens on retail sale. The survey shows that about 70% of chickens tested positive for the pathogen. The survey began in February and the published results relate to 1,995 samples of […]

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