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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food recalls have been issued in both Australia and New Zealand following evidence of listeria contamination of pre-packaged sandwiches and soft cheese.
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.
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.
British food critic Michael Winner has been released from a London hospital after recovering from a life threatening case of too much raw beef.
Shoppers beware – according to a new study, re-usable grocery bags can harbour all sorts of nasty germs if they aren’t washed regularly.
It has been revealed by British media that the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency, the Food Protection Agency and other public health bodies involved in safe food standards concealed an outbreak of E. coli that has caused at least one fatality and led to the hospitalisation of a further 250 people.