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Vaccines fail to protect farmed fish from disease

31 January, 2018

Vaccines used by commercial fish farmers may actually be doing more harm than good.


The sound of good bubbly

13 December, 2017 by Nichola Murphy

A new study suggests you may be able to differentiate between a high-quality glass of champagne and cheap bubbly just by listening to the sound of the bubbles.


The smell of death is a dead giveaway

08 December, 2017

By detecting decay compounds such as cadaverine at very low levels, a newly developed bioelectronics sensor can alert users to rotting food before the stench becomes obvious.


Flies carry more harmful bacteria than suspected

27 November, 2017

Researchers studied the microbiomes of 116 houseflies and blowflies from three different continents and found they carried over 600 hundred different species of bacteria.


Can sunlight stop E. coli in its tracks?

20 November, 2017

Treating wastewater with solar irradiation shows promise in reducing two E. coli strains, but a resilient strain persists.


European research program tackles foodborne zoonoses

06 November, 2017

A European research program that aims to develop and share scientific knowledge on issues such as foodborne zoonoses will be coordinated by ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety.


Particle & Surface Sciences POLA 2000 applications

24 August, 2017

Particle & Surface Sciences' POLA 2000 has been modified to include extra applications.


Campylobacter causes the most foodborne illnesses in Denmark

03 July, 2017

Just because Campylobacter caused the most foodborne disease in Denmark doesn't mean you can't still get Salmonella from your pet snake.


Characterising 'normal' milk

30 June, 2017

To minimise the chances of the global milk supply being impacted by safety breaches, IBM and Cornell University are using genetic sequencing and big data analytics to characterise milk.


How E. coli chats

23 June, 2017

They can't use smartphones or Wi-Fi, but bacteria have evolved some seriously complex strategies to communicate with one another. And the resulting interactions are a delicate balance of cooperation and, in some cases, competition. Biologists have uncovered a new way that bacteria lay siege to neighbouring cells by hijacking two factors involved in protein synthesis.


Improving foodborne disease surveillance on a global scale

09 June, 2017

Roughly 10% of people fall ill each year after eating contaminated food but identifying the source of the contamination is not simple, especially as symptoms sometimes only become evident weeks after the pathogen-containing food was consumed.


A taste for whisky

09 June, 2017

Whiskies might vary in taste and smell, but they are so alike in chemical composition that most analyses can't tell two similar brews apart.


Oyster parasite found on Stewart Island

01 June, 2017

Two oyster farms on Stewart Island have Bonamia ostreae, a naturally occurring parasite. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed the detection, saying the parasite can be fatal for flat oysters; however, there is no food safety issue from eating oysters with the organism.


Thermo Scientific refrigerated incubators

26 May, 2017

The Thermo Scientific refrigerated incubators for temperature applications ranging from 4 to 60°C utilise compressor technology designed to provide favourable temperature conditions for applications that require thermal stability and uniformity above, around or below the usual ambient laboratory temperature.


Fast testing system for E. coli and Listeria in leafy vegetables validated

24 February, 2017

A new system method that provides clear results in just 45 minutes and delivers final results within the time frame of a production shift has been validated by the FDA and EP.


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