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False coloured scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of Campylobacter cells attached to chicken juice on a glass slide.

Battling biofilms in the fight against Campylobacter

A new study has highlighted a potential new way of battling the persistence of Campylobacter in the food chain. One of the unsolved mysteries about Campylobacter is that it is easy to kill in the laboratory, but surprisingly difficult to remove from the food chain. Recent work from the Institute of Food Research has shown […]

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False coloured scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of Campylobacter cells attached to chicken juice on a glass slide.

The trouble with Campylobacter

The anticipated publication by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of specific retailer’s levels of Campylobacter bacteria on chicken meat tomorrow has brought the issue back to the forefront of consumers’ minds. Listen to Dr Arnoud van Vliet explain the problems with Campylobacter and the current research being undertaken at IFR Campylobacter is the most frequent […]

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Campylobacter cells attached to chicken juice on a glass slide

How Campylobacter exploits chicken ‘juice’ highlights need for hygiene

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter’s persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by ‘chicken juice.’ Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, “chicken juice”, provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. This emphasises the importance of cleaning surfaces in food […]

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Don’t wash raw chicken – Food Safety Week 2014

The Institute of Food Research fully backs the Food Standards Agency’s call for people to stop washing raw chicken, to reduce the risk of contracting Campylobacter. The message, being launched in Food Safety Week, is a crucial part in a strategy to reduce the estimated 280,000 cases of food poisoning that Campylobacter causes annually in […]

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New chromosome map points the way through Campylobacter’s genetic controls

A study from the Institute of Food Research has produced a new map of the Campylobacter genome, showing the points where all of this pathogenic bacteria’s genes are turned on. This information is already being used to find new genes and control mechanisms that could provide us with new ways of reducing the amount of […]

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New FSA funding to understand Campylobacter coli

Campylobacter bacteria are a leading cause of food poisoning in the UK, causing at least 500,000 infections each year. Although these cases are rarely fatal, there’s a clear need to reduce illness and its associated costs caused by these bacteria. The major source of infection is through eating undercooked poultry meat, but other sources, such […]

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Foodborne illness by Campylobacter: little known, but very common.

Dr Arnoud van Vliet leads the Campylobacter research group at the Institute of Food Research. He recently spoke to the  BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Face the Facts’ about Campylobacter and efforts to understand and control it.  Here he blogs about Campylobacter, and will be happy to answer any questions posted in the comments below. When […]

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The foodborne bacterium Campylobacter requires selenium for respiration of organic acids

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have discovered why the micronutrient selenium is important to the survival of Campylobacter bacteria, which are responsible for an estimated half a million cases of food poisoning annually in the UK alone. Knowing how and why Campylobacter uses selenium could help develop ways of controlling it, benefitting public […]

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Exposure to stomach acid primes Campylobacter for intestinal infection

Campylobacter is a major cause of foodborne gastroenteritis, with an estimated 500,000 infections annually in the UK. The most common infection route is on undercooked poultry meat, and then crossing the lining of the small intestine. To do this, the bacteria must survive the highly acidic conditions in the stomach, and then find a way […]

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Finding Campylobacter’s weakness

Campylobacter is the most frequent cause of foodborne illness in the UK, with an estimated half a million annual cases in the UK alone, most of which are due to the consumption of contaminated poultry products. One strategy to reduce the number of cases is to reduce the levels of endemic Campylobacter in poultry by […]

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