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Setting Health and Safety Standards for the World
International standards for food safety and animal health and welfare can be and often are contentious issues, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief Chris Harris. ...
Bleak Picture for Russian African Swine Fever Situation
Major concerns have been raised over the potential for African Swine Fever that was first discovered in Georgia and has now spread to Russia to spread to other countries in Europe, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris. ...
Growth of Clostridium Perfringens on Organic Ham
In the last decade, consumers have become infatuated with the idea of consuming foods they deem to be “healthier”. This makes processed meats marketed as “natural” and “organic” extremely attractive....
Study Could Help Develop Anti-bacterial Surfaces
Jacinta Conrad, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston, likens her research into how bacteria move to "tracking bright spots on a dark background." ...
Campylobacter on Broiler Carcases in the Slaughterhouse
More uniform bodyweights and good health control contributed to a reduction of the contamination of the broiler carcases in Campylobacter-carrier batches, according to new research from France....
Tracking Down BSE and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle are transmissible neurodegenerative diseases linked to the aggregation of the prion protein in the central nervous system....
Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant Strain of Salmonella Identified
A new study has identified the recent emergence of a multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella that has a high level resistance to ciprofloxacin, a common treatment for severe Salmonella infections....
New Face of Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli Infections
The unprecedented outbreak of Shiga toxin/verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) O104:H4 in Germany in May and June 2011 displayed several novel epidemiological, microbiological and clinical features. ...
New Steps to Classify Health and Safety of Shellfish
Steps are being taken in the shellfish industry together with the Food Standards Agency in the UK to improve the classification system for bi-valve beds around the British coastline, writes Chris Harris. ...
Link Between Broiler Intensification and Foodborne Pathogens Explored
Today's intensive methods of broiler production may be linked to the growing prevalence of foodborne Campylobacter in humans, according to Professor Tom Humphrey of the University of Liverpool. He presented his views on this topic at a conference in early...
Research Focussing on the Other E. coli
Most people are aware of the efforts to reduce health risks from E. coli O157:H7 linked to undercooked ground beef and fresh produce, including spinach and lettuce. ...
Dioxin Caused a Rocky Road for Pig Prices
When dioxin was found in poultry feed in Germany at the beginning of the year, the repercussions were felt across the whole of Europe and not just in the poultry sector, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief Chris Harris. ...
Antimicrobial Bans Could Hit US Exports
Exports of US livestock and poultry products are important both to farmers and to the US economy, however the US market share could be threatened by imposition of controls on the use of antimicrobials in feed. ...
MRSA Found Along Pork Production Chain
Recently published research from Germany shows that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has been identified at all stages of the pig meat production chain, with contamination rates highest in nasal swabs and lower on carcasses, meat at processing...
Quicker Pathogen Detection
When government and industry were looking for a way to identify more rapidly the presence of the pathogenic Clostridium perfringens bacterium in food and water, Daniel Fung of Kansas State University realised he had a potential solution on his shelf. ...
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