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Study finds ‘amazing’ bacterial diversity in transported raw milk

Researchers at the University of California-Davis report that samples of raw cow’s milk shipped by tanker truck for processing show “amazing bacterial diversity” which varies by season. Their findings were reported Aug. 23 in mBio, the online, open-access journal of the American Society of Microbiology. The researchers sampled and analyzed raw cow’s milk from 899 tanker trucks as they… Continue Reading

Why Don’t Viruses Get More Respect?

Opinion

(This article by Milt Hinsch, MS, MBAC, was originally posted here and is reposted with his permission.) Imagine a submicroscopic packet of proteins arranged symmetrically to enclose an inner genome — and you have a virus. Viruses are so miniscule in size that most require electron microscopy to see them clearly, and more than 3,000… Continue Reading

FDA Rejects Several Snack Products From India for Contaminants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a number of snack imports made by Indian company Haldiram Snacks for concerns over high levels of pesticides, mold and bacteria. The move comes as global food corporation Nestlé has been subjected to a nationwide ban in India of its Maggi noodles that have allegedly tested for high levels… Continue Reading

Consumer-Funded Test Finds 11 of 12 Pet Foods Contaminated

A number of pet food brands are contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria and other contaminants that could cause negative health effects to humans and their pets, according to a testing project funded by a group of pet owners and coordinated by the Association for Truth in Pet Food. The project is the first of its… Continue Reading

The Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics

Ask any doctor or veterinarian to rate the important medical discoveries of the past century, and antibiotics would surely be at or near the top of the list. In this century, too, antibiotics are expected to remain an essential tool for treating animal and human diseases. But the “miracle of antibiotics” is being threatened. There… Continue Reading

Global Microbe Genome Database Represents ‘Some Exciting Science’

If the world’s food safety scientists act now, they have the opportunity to create a global network of microbial data that will dramatically improve the ability to track and combat disease outbreaks of all sorts, including foodborne illness outbreaks, significantly tackling the spread of disease worldwide. That was the argument put forward at the International… Continue Reading

Hidden Roommates: Uncovering Microbes at Home

Most people would not be hard-pressed to name what’s in their fridge. Milk, eggs, raw chicken and leftovers are likely candidates. But these visible items are just a fraction of what lives in this appliance, which is also home to many species of bacteria and other microorganisms. A team of researchers at North Carolina State… Continue Reading

Playgrounds for Bacteria at Fast Food Restaurants

It all happened by accident. One day this past spring, Erin Carr-Jordan, mother of four and professor at Arizona State University, rushed into a Tempe McDonald’s because her three-year-old child needed to use the bathroom. Before they left, her child wanted to spend time at the fast-food restaurant’s playground.   What happened next surprised her…. Continue Reading