EcoliO101_406x250Summer is usually seen as the peaking season for Escherichia coli, and this summer that may apply not only for recalls and outbreaks, but also research. The Gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms is a frequent target of laboratory research that gets
Continue Reading Researchers try to kill it, use it, and otherwise figure out E. coli farmers should wait at least 24 hours after a rain or irrigation event to harvest their crops, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and just published in a scientific journal. Wet soil from precipitation is more conducive to growth of bacteria, such as Listeria
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Dr. Martin Wiedmann, professor of food science at Cornell University, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held Aug. 3-6 in Indianapolis, IN.

The discussion covered advancements in the field of whole genome sequencing, a technology expected to significantly improve
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For decades, food safety experts have lived with the reality that roughly one-third of foodborne illness outbreak investigations ended without finding the source. But with the wide proliferation of new laboratory technology on the horizon, outbreak investigations could soon become more accurate, more efficient and more complete, according to researchers
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