Judge refutes science: claims food poisoning is personal choice
August 27th, 2013

Judge refutes science: claims food poisoning is personal choice

Citing individuals’ right to choose, a British judge has rejected health and safety advice and the weight of scientific evidence to reject London health officials’ attempts to demand meat patties served to the public are well cooked.

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Canadian university launches new E. coli test for meat processors
July 16th, 2013

Canadian university launches new E. coli test for meat processors

Medical, agriculture and computer science researchers from the University of Alberta have teamed up to develop a test that will improve food safety standards. The testing device, which is the size of a large shoebox, can detect pathogenic E. coli while meat is still at food processing facilities. The test is more sensitive at picking up E. coli strains, faster at pinpointing results, and less expensive than other tests that are currently used.

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Gut bacteria resist E. coli infections
May 21st, 2013

Gut bacteria resist E. coli infections

A cocktail of non-pathogenic bacteria naturally occurring in the digestive tract of healthy humans can protect against a potentially lethal E. coli infection in animal models, according to new research. The research, conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, could have important implications for the prevention or even treatment of this disease.

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Campylobacter poisoning up 14% in US
April 22nd, 2013

Campylobacter poisoning up 14% in US

The latest FoodNet summary of food poisoning incidents in the United States reveals a 14% increase in the incidence of Campylobacter infections. This is significant as in 2011 an estimated 1.3 million were infected with Campylobacter in the US.

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Ultrasound technique successful in E. coli reduction
November 28th, 2012

Ultrasound technique successful in E. coli reduction

A new technique for sterilising spinach has prospects for the whole vegetable sector as results from trials show a four log reduction in E. coli 0157:H7 cells in processed spinach. The research was undertaken by scientists at the University of Illinois in the United States.

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Pathogen adapts to plants
November 1st, 2012

Pathogen adapts to plants

The human pathogen Escherichia coli (E. coli) one of the most significant causes of food poisoning in humans appears to adapt to survival on plants more successfully than previously thought.

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Deadly E.coli strain sequenced
July 31st, 2012

Deadly E.coli strain sequenced

The strain of E. coli responsible for last year’s European food poisoning event in which 56 died and almost 4000 were hospitalised, has been sequenced by researchers at Michigan State University in the United States.

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June 12th, 2012

US Department of Agriculture confused over E. coli outbreak

A statement by US Agriculture over the latest widespread outbreak of food spread E. coli bacteria infection in the United States has been criticised for failing to address the growing incidence of vegetable-based pathogen contamination of food supplies.

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Listeria threats prompt recalls in NZ and Australia
March 14th, 2012

Listeria threats prompt recalls in NZ and Australia

Food recalls have been issued in both Australia and New Zealand following evidence of listeria contamination of pre-packaged sandwiches and soft cheese.

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Cucumber debacle costs Spanish exporters big time
February 8th, 2012

Cucumber debacle costs Spanish exporters big time

Taking the blame for last year’s E. coli outbreak in Northern Europe, which media dishonestly attributed to Spanish cucumbers, has been reflected in a crash in Spain’s 2011 vegetables exports.

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New standard for seed sprouts
November 17th, 2011

New standard for seed sprouts

In the aftermath of the E. coli outbreak in Europe earlier this year that was traced back to seed sprouts, the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Authority has created a new standard for production and processing of seed sprouts.

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Food bites critic
October 20th, 2011

Food bites critic

British food critic Michael Winner has been released from a London hospital after recovering from a life threatening case of too much raw beef.

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