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Campylobacter

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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vegetable off-cuts

What are we doing about food waste?

As highlighted by a recent report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, as a global community we waste up to half of the food that we produce. It’s clear that as world population grows and resources become scarcer, we need to address this to ensure food security for all. The challenge of food security & food […]

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IFR positions itself as a Centre for Excellence in Food Safety Science with China

The BBSRC China Partnering Award scheme has enabled the Institute of Food Research to position itself as a Centre for Excellence in Food Safety Science with China. Dr Pradeep Malakar and Professor Tim Brocklehurst, Head of International Relations at IFR, recently hosted a visit by a delegation from the Department of Health for Southern China […]

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Sacha Lucchini

E. coli adapts to colonise plants

New research from the Institute of Food Research has given new clues as to how some E. coli strains, normally at home in mammalian gastrointestinal tracts, have adopted slightly different transmission strategies, with some being better adapted to live on plants than others. In the light of recent outbreaks of food poisoning due to contamination […]

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ecoliOD

Why is it so difficult to trace the origins of food poisoning outbreaks?

As illustrated by the E. coli outbreak in Germany in 2011, any delay in identifying the source of food poisoning outbreaks can cost lives and cause considerable political and economical damage. An international multidisciplinary team of scientists have shown that difficulties in finding the sources of contamination behind food poisoning cases are inevitable due to […]

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Salmonella

Next generation sequencing surveys Salmonella

Strains of Salmonella bacteria cause over a billion cases of illness worldwide each year, and over 500,000 deaths. Most infection occurs through contaminated food and water. As part of the strategy to find ways to reduce the effects of Salmonella, Dr Arthur Thompson and colleagues at the Institute of Food Research have produced the first […]

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SGM

Microbiology to play crucial role in ensuring food security

Professor Mike Peck of the Institute of Food Research has joined other experts from the Society for General Microbiology in launching a position statement on food security and safety. This sets out the key role that microbiology will play in ensuring that the 7 billion people in the world have access to safe and nutritious […]

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Samonella

Researchers to identify the secrets of Salmonella’s survival

The Institute of Food Research, strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), is to collaborate with the University of Sheffield to investigate how Salmonella survives during its lifecycle within our bodies, as a way of finding chinks in its armour that can be exploited to develop new therapies. Salmonella enterica serovar […]

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Dr Ana Fernández

Developing innovative processes to ensure fresh food is safe

IFR researchers have recently reviewed the use of cold atmospheric plasmas to inactivate Salmonella to assess their use by fresh or minimally-processed food producers. A growing demand for fresh produce is presenting a challenge to the food industry to supply safe food with minimal processing. It is crucial that these foods are supplied without microbial […]

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Salmonella Typhimurium

Modelling salmonella growth to produce safer pork

Salmonella infections are among the most common bacterial causes of food-borne gastroenteritis in humans, with a number of different potential sources including meat, eggs, and fresh produce. In the EU, up to 20% of human salmonellosis cases are thought to be due to consumption of contaminated pork products.  Most EU countries have established programmes to […]

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Genome sequencing used to assess the threat to biosecurity from a novel form of Clostridium botulinum

Genome sequencing used to assess the threat to biosecurity from a novel form of Clostridium botulinum

Scientists on the Norwich Research Park have sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man. The strain produces an unusual botulinum neurotoxin, known as type A5 neurotoxin, which was isolated by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), following a case of wound botulism. Professor Mike […]

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