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Posts from the ‘Microbial Contamination’ Category

AU: Frozen Berries Hepatitis A Virus Outbreak Fact Sheet (2017)

An outbreak of foodborne illness attributed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) has taken place in Australia. At least four people have become infected. The source of the outbreak is 300 gram packs of Creative Gourmet Frozen Mixed Berries with a best-before date of 15 January 2021. This product was recalled nationally on 2nd June 2017 as a precaution.

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US: Practical pointers around submitting water samples for food safety

Michigan State University: Water sampling to meet federal on-farm food safety guidelines can be confusing. This article helps eliminate some confusion about taking and submitting a water sample.

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US: Scientists may be able to test food safety with a smartphone

Food and Wine: To test whether food contains the harmful bacteria E. coli, scientists place samples of the questionable sustenance in culture dishes to see if germ-filled colonies form. They wait for days—two or three, to be exact—to know whether the food is safe to eat, or whether it should be pulled from shelves. But new technology could speed up the food-safety testing process to mere moments, according to research from MIT.

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US: Why companies should do internal audits during off hours

Food Engineering: Third-party auditors rarely come into food plants during night shifts, which really is a mistake, as this is when many conduct cleanup.

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AU: Symbio Laboratories joins the drive for fresh produce safety

Symbio Laboratories has become a proud supporter of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand as a Bronze level supporter.

David Phillips, CEO of Symbio Laboratories said, “As a proponent of ensuring that Australia continues to produce and supply the highest quality fresh produce domestically, and in the global marketplace, Symbio Laboratories is proud to support the FPSC in its mission to provide the industry with the information it needs to enhance the safety and quality of fruit and vegetables”

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US: Meat, not fresh produce, raises consumer food safety concerns

The Packer: Consumers are much more concerned about raw chicken and raw beef being contaminated than raw fruits and vegetables, according to a new food safety survey.

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MX: Avocado extract can help prevent a foodborne bacterial illness

Knowridge Science Report: A recent study published in the Journal of Food Science found that extracts and isolated compounds from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods.

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NZ: Food safety warning issued as warm weather approaches

News Hub: As Kiwis start to daydream about their summer vacations, a government department is warning the warm weather could be a recipe for food-related illnesses.

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AU/NZ: FPSC professional development event hits the mark

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s professional development event at Melbourne Markets focused on the latest in chemical and microbial testing issues, providing attendees with extra resources and knowledge to help them make better decisions and get the greatest value from their testing dollar.

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US: Egypt says its frozen and fresh strawberries are Hepatitis A-free

Food Safety News: Egypt’s reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States sourced to frozen strawberries exported from the Middle East nation may not be any more meaningful than its response to Europe’s massive 2011 E. coli outbreak.

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