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Researchers zap noro on fresh lettuce with blast of ionized gas

When you put one of the toughest bugs on the planet in a match-up with some of the most delicate fresh foods, it doesn’t take a Vegas mathematician to figure the odds are against the food making it through a sterilization process undamaged. Among the most delicate and most prone to carry foodborne illnesses are… Continue Reading

Study: Lawsonia May Cause Pigs to Shed More Salmonella

Earlier this year, at least 152 people in Washington state were infected with multidrug-resistant Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork produced by Kapowsin Meats. According to federal estimates, pork is the source of about 8 percent of Salmonella illnesses in the U.S. Scientists interested in finding ways to control Salmonella in pigs first want to know what might… Continue Reading

Study: Some Klebsiella Pneumonia Illnesses are Foodborne

Klebsiella bacteria, which can be found in your nose and mouth, have also been found before when retail meat was sampled, and the United Kingdom’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance has named the common bug as one expected to have increased rates of antibiotic resistance. But Klebsiella pneumonia is not a foodborne illnesses, according to the… Continue Reading

USDA Awards Food Safety Research Grants

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of its latest round of food safety research grants. The nearly $19 million awarded to 36 institutions through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help in understanding antimicrobial… Continue Reading

Most Would Accept Nanotechnology, Genetic Modification in Food for Nutrition, Safety

New research suggests that most consumers will accept nanotechnology or genetic modification technology in their food if it will enhance nutrition or improve safety. Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota conducted a nationally representative survey of 1,117 U.S. consumers. It asked about their willingness to purchase genetically modified (GM) food… Continue Reading

Call to Participate in Food Safety Research

By taking the following survey, public health professionals can help a PhD student earn his wings while improving public health. The following is a brief description of the study: To build up evidence for what determines health department performance, The University of Minnesota has developed an online survey for state and local epidemiologists and environmental… Continue Reading

A Lantibiotic Steps Up to Kill Harmful Bacteria

Super germs and flesh-eating bacteria do not need a press agent. They are the stuff of  blockbuster movies and best-selling books. Lantibiotics, on the other hand, are a kind of antibiotic that are not about doom and gloom, and therefore are probably not getting their share of attention. Certain antibiotics have a role in the… Continue Reading

Minnesota Extension Combats Foodborne Illness

Dr. Joellen Feirtag wears many hats. One day she is a food sleuth, taking swab samples at a meat plant to find the origin of an E. coli outbreak. The next, she is instructing its employees in food safety.  Next week she might be conducting food safety research.   All of these jobs are part of Feirtag’s role as State Food… Continue Reading

Chinese Food Safety Delegates Meet in MN

Twenty-two senior Chinese food safety delegates from industry, government and academia met in Minnesota last week as part of the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership’s (GIFSL’s) two-week program on international food safety standards. GIFSL, a public-private partnership funded by organizations like the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Cargill, and Ecolab, coordinated… Continue Reading