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Listeria contamination linked to frozen vegetables prompts latest ingredient-driven outbreaks

Listeria contamination linked to frozen vegetables prompts latest ingredient-driven outbreaks

An ongoing incident of Listeria contamination linked to frozen vegetables is causing illnesses across state and national lines. At least 350 products use the vegetables, which are distributed to retailers in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces. [More]
Scientists study fundamentals of tumour surveillance by immune system in mice models

Scientists study fundamentals of tumour surveillance by immune system in mice models

The body's defences detect and eliminate not only pathogens but also tumour cells. Natural killer cells (NK-Cells) are specifically activated by chemical messengers, the Cytokines, to seek and destroy tumour cells. [More]
New superbug test developed by TGen-NAU receives Australian patent

New superbug test developed by TGen-NAU receives Australian patent

Antibiotic-resistant infections should be easier to detect, and hospitals could become safer, thanks to a technology developed by the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Northern Arizona University, and protected under a patent issued by Australia. [More]
New electronic sensor can distinguish between dead and living bacteria cells

New electronic sensor can distinguish between dead and living bacteria cells

A new type of electronic sensor that might be used to quickly detect and classify bacteria for medical diagnostics and food safety has passed a key hurdle by distinguishing between dead and living bacteria cells. [More]
Natural sugar replacers can lead to improved dietary intakes, control of glucose metabolism

Natural sugar replacers can lead to improved dietary intakes, control of glucose metabolism

A new study shows that it is possible to reduce the level of sugar in muffins without affecting their textural properties by replacing half of the sugar content with stevianna or inulin, which are plant-based sweeteners [More]
FDA finalizes new food safety rule to prevent wide-scale public health harm

FDA finalizes new food safety rule to prevent wide-scale public health harm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. [More]
New Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS can support native mobile application

New Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS can support native mobile application

Pharmaceutical QA/QC, oil and gas, chemical, water and environmental, food safety and contract laboratories can now offer always-on mobile connectivity to their Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) software, providing access to data and insights for decision-making wherever and whenever they need it. [More]
Thermo Scientific Dionex Integrion HPIC system delivers exceptional productivity and efficiency

Thermo Scientific Dionex Integrion HPIC system delivers exceptional productivity and efficiency

Now scientists in environmental, food safety, pharmaceutical and industrial/petrochemical laboratories can rely on a new flexible and configurable HPIC system designed to deliver exceptional performance, productivity and efficiency. [More]

Thermo Scientific Dionex Integrion HPIC system delivers exceptional productivity and efficiency

Now scientists in environmental, food safety, pharmaceutical and industrial/petrochemical laboratories can rely on a new flexible and configurable HPIC system designed to deliver exceptional performance, productivity and efficiency. [More]
Thermo Fisher Scientific reinforces ongoing commitment to make advanced technologies more accessible to customers

Thermo Fisher Scientific reinforces ongoing commitment to make advanced technologies more accessible to customers

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today reinforced its ongoing commitment to help its customers accelerate innovation and enhance productivity. [More]
World Veterinary Day: OIE pays tribute to veterinarians who played crucial role in protecting global health

World Veterinary Day: OIE pays tribute to veterinarians who played crucial role in protecting global health

On World Veterinary Day (30 April), the OIE pays tribute to the crucial role played by veterinarians in protecting global health. This year, the event focuses on the opportunities for veterinarians to continue their training and extend their expertise in areas related to the ‘One Health’ concept. To achieve this, World Veterinary Day promotes collaboration with the human health sector in the coverage of issues such as zoonoses, food safety and antimicrobial resistance. [More]
Researchers outline strategy to address vital measurement challenges in allergen analysis

Researchers outline strategy to address vital measurement challenges in allergen analysis

A Manchester scientist has contributed to a review of allergen analysis that aims to improve the situation for those living with food allergies - preventing food fraud and protecting consumers. [More]
Experts focus on scientific complexities of individual and population health at iCOMOS 2016

Experts focus on scientific complexities of individual and population health at iCOMOS 2016

How do we balance the needs for individualized health care with the public health programs serving communities - especially in the context of environmental pollution and climate change? Given a fixed set of resources, maximizing the potential of both is challenging, indeed. [More]
Low doses of bisphenol A can affect development of metabolism, reproductive and nervous systems

Low doses of bisphenol A can affect development of metabolism, reproductive and nervous systems

If rats are exposed to bisphenol A in low doses during early development it can lead to reduced sperm count, obesity and changes to breast development and behaviour. These are some of the findings of a new study from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. The results support previous animal studies, which have shown that low doses of bisphenol A can affect development of the metabolism as well as the reproductive and nervous systems. [More]
New European standard method can help measure inorganic arsenic content in foods

New European standard method can help measure inorganic arsenic content in foods

A new European standard method to determine the content of inorganic arsenic in foodstuffs has been developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. Inorganic arsenic is carcinogenic according to the World Health Organization, WHO. Being able to accurately measure the substance in different foods is necessary to ensure that the content is below the maximum levels recently set by the European Commission to protect consumers. [More]
Advanced assay offers better sensitivity for detecting a prion disease affecting elk

Advanced assay offers better sensitivity for detecting a prion disease affecting elk

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are a family of rare progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals. TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans, as seen with the spread of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). A study in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes an advanced assay that offers better sensitivity than currently available tests for detecting a prion disease affecting elk. [More]

Metrohm adds support for Ion Chromatography instruments

Metrohm USA is pleased to announce the expansion of Ion Chromatography instruments and accessories supported by Waters’ Empower® Chromatography Data Software (CDS). [More]
Experts provide valuable insights to bridge food safety information gaps

Experts provide valuable insights to bridge food safety information gaps

International experts provided valuable insights on how to bridge food safety information gaps and improve communication between decision makers and consumers at a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on 21 January 2016 [More]
Startling lack of resistance genes discovered in intensively-farmed beef

Startling lack of resistance genes discovered in intensively-farmed beef

In the first study to track antibiotic resistance in intensively-farmed beef, scientists discovered a "startling" lack of resistance genes in meat.Meanwhile, in soil and faeces samples from cattle pens they found genes resistant to a powerful "last resort" class of antibiotics called carpabemens that aren't used in the livestock industry. These genes may have jumped from humans or companion animals to livestock, or could even be present at low levels in the wider environment. [More]
Luminex collaborates with University of São Paulo to validate multi-analyte Zika virus assay

Luminex collaborates with University of São Paulo to validate multi-analyte Zika virus assay

Luminex Corporation today announced it is collaborating with the Laboratory of Molecular Evolution & Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences Institute, University of São Paulo, Brazil to validate a multi-analyte Zika virus assay developed by Luminex partner, GenArraytion, Inc. [More]
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