University of California-Davis

On the heels on multiple outbreaks this past year and currently amid three mystery outbreaks, the FDA along with growers, researchers and other entities in California have announced a multi-year study to enhance food safety through better understanding of human pathogens in the environment.

Participants include the California Department
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University of California-Davis food scientists found raw milk purchased at retail stores can hold a large amount of antimicrobial-resistant genes if left at room temperature. 

Their findings are published in the journal Microbiome.

The UC Davis researchers collected 2,034 samples of unpasteurized milk from retail stores in California, Idaho,
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Plastic films made with bacteria-killing polymers have been proven effective as a frontline defense — not to mention offense — in the battle against biofilms in food production operations.

A preferred place of residence for pathogens such as Listeria and E. coli, biofilms form easily and are extremely difficult to
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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. researchers sampled and
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