International Journal of Food Microbiology

Higher fridge temperatures in the homes of older people could be putting them at greater risk of Listeria infection, according to a study.

Researchers looked at the temperatures of domestic refrigerators in the Netherlands and the impact on listeriosis cases related to ready-to-eat (RTE) cooked meat products.

A survey among 1,020

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Researchers have raised questions about the threat Yersinia enterocolitica poses to public health.

The study, involving the Quadram Institute, University of East Anglia, and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) found diverse populations of Yersinia enterocolitica on foods.

The number of yersiniosis cases is low, but it is likely there

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Researchers have evaluated a range of studies focussed on Salmonella in insects to gather data for assessing the safety of insect-based foods.

The systematic review looked at 36 studies investigating Salmonella in insects.

“Data on the persistence of Salmonella can be useful for further analysis by risk assessors and decision-makers involved in the safety

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Researchers have analyzed produce in Spain for two foodborne parasites, finding a high level of contamination.

The study assessed the occurrence of Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium oocysts in green leafy vegetables sold in Valencia, Spain. Samples were romaine, oak leaf, iceberg lettuce, and kale cabbage.

It included 129 vegetable samples

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Modelling of Campylobacter in Sweden has indicated a 2-week time lag between human cases and broiler prevalence.

This suggests that the broiler prevalence two weeks earlier can partly explain domestic Campylobacter infections with transmission via handling and consumption of fresh chicken meat. 

However, there is no simple relationship between prevalence in chickens bred

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Essential elements of a processing environment monitoring program have been identified by an expert group of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe.

The aim is to help industry and regulators with targeted environmental monitoring by covering information on outbreaks, pathogens in low moisture foods, and knowledge on indicators.

Continue Reading Study outlines key points for more effective environmental monitoring