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Feasibility of Introducing Methods to Reduce Shedding of E. coli O157 in Cattle
The use of probiotics in feed, vaccination of animals and a combined package of eight biosecurity measures were the main methods a study by the British Food Standards Agency found for on-farm controls for reducing E. coli O157 shedding in cattle....
E.coli and Salmonella in Air and Droplets at Beef Plants
A team of researchers have been working to develop understanding of E.Coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica in the beef processing industry, according to a report in the Journal of Food Protection....
Sleator Lab Identifies Single Point Mutation in Listeria Monocytogenes
The bacterial foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes is the causative agent of listeriosis—a debilitating disease linked with about 2,500 illnesses and more than 500 deaths per annum in the US alone. ...
Be Prepared for Food Recalls
Being prepared and planning are key elements in preventing food safety emergencies and in mitigating their public health and socio-economic impacts and should be developed as part of the response to emergencies....
Some Cheeses Exceed EU Contaminant Levels
Research from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) into cheeses on sale at supermarkets has shown that some exceed the levels of organochloride contaminants....
Shelf-life of Sliced Dry Fermented Sausage
Nitrogen atmosphere packaged sliced dry fermented sausage had almost athird longer shelf life than traditionally vaccum packed sausage according to research by the University of Zagreb and Podravka, Danica Ltd....
Air Vents in Poultry Plant Could Spread Campylobacter
An inspection by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention of a poultry plant in Virginia showed that a health hazard existed at the plant through campylobacter infection....
Toxoplasma gondii Prevalence in Farm Animals in the United States
Toxoplasmosis is a significant public health problem in the US with more than one million people newly infected each year, according to new research from the USDA. ...
Food Bug Forensic Tracking
Pork factories now rely on a new kit to examine suspect meat with a technique that was developed in an EU funded project called Biotracer....
Packaging for Safer Products with Longer Shelf-life
Trends in meat and food packaging are very much in line with the major demands of the meat industry in general....
New Packaging Solutions for Safer Products with Longer Shelf-life
Trends in packaging are very much in line with the major demands of the meat industry in general and the sector is seeking to make its contribution to bringing products onto the market which are safer and have a longer shelf life. ...
Organic Acids and Salts Against Listeria in Poultry
From their in-vitro investigations, researchers in South Africa raise concerns over the relatively high concentrations reported for compounds that are conventionally used as preservatives against Listeria spp. raise concern. ...
With Hot Air Treatment, Bacteria Fly the Coop
Poultry processors could use a forced hot-air treatment to dry cages (also known as crates) between transporting flocks, lessening the number of Campylobacter on cage flooring and thereby decreasing the potential for cross-contamination during live haul,...
Study Sheds Light on How Salmonella Spreads
New research on how Salmonella spreads in the body could have major implications for improving treatment and vaccination....
Consumer Demand Impact of Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling
The United States implemented mandatory country of origin labelling (MCOOL) which became effective in March 2009 (USDA AMS, 2009a,b), write Glynn T. Tonsor, Jayson L. Lusk, Ted C. Schroeder, and Mykel R. Taylor in a research paper for Kansas State University....
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