Foodborne Illness News
September 26, 2020

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Helminth Infections Common in Medieval Europe, Grave Study Finds

Although helminth infections -- including tapeworms and roundworms -- are among the world's top neglected diseases, they are no longer endemic in Europe. However, researchers report that these ...

Dangerous Parasite Controls Host Cell to Spread Around Body

Researchers have discovered new information about how a dangerous parasite takes control of a patient's cells as it spreads throughout their body, an important finding that could help in the ...

Listeria Protein Provides a CRISPR 'Kill Switch'

A single protein derived from a common strain of bacteria found in the soil will offer scientists a more precise way to edit ...

Strain of E. Coli May Offer Protections Against Its More Malevolent Cousins

Researchers say E. coli Nissle may protect human cells against other more pathogenic strains of E. coli such as E. coli 0157:H7, which is commonly associated with contaminated hamburger ...
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Current Poultry Food Safety Guidelines Do Not Stop Salmonella Outbreaks

Current poultry food safety guidelines for Salmonella, the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks, are inadequate. Researchers describe additional factors that must be considered in order to ...

Food Scientists Slice Time Off Salmonella Identification Process

Researchers have developed a method for completing whole-genome sequencing to determine salmonella serotypes in just two hours and the whole identification process within eight ...

New Test Identifies Poisonous Mushrooms

A simple, portable test can detect the deadliest of the mushroom poisons in minutes, researchers say. Eating toxic mushrooms causes more than 100 deaths a year, globally, and leaves thousands of ...

Portable Device Lights the Way to Better Foodborne Illness Detection

Researchers have been working to develop new technologies to help stop the spread of foodborne illnesses, which kill 3,000 people a year, by detecting them more efficiently. They have developed a ...

Simple Solution to Ensure Raw Egg Safety

Salmonella is a key cause of foodborne gastroenteritis around the world, with most outbreaks linked to eggs, poultry meat, pork, beef, dairy, nuts and fresh produce. Now researchers have found a ...

Not-So-Dirty Birds? Not Enough Evidence to Link Wild Birds to Food-Borne Illness

Despite the perception that wild birds in farm fields can cause food-borne illness, a new study has found little evidence linking birds to E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter ...

Novel Composite Antimicrobial Film Could Take a Bite out of Foodborne Illnesses

A novel composite film -- created by the bonding of an antimicrobial layer to conventional, clear polyethylene plastic typically used to vacuum-package foods such as meat and fish -- could help to ...

Efficacy of Drugs Against Pork Tapeworm

Taenia solium -- also called pork tapeworm -- is a parasite which causes disease around the world, particularly in very poor communities with deficient sanitation and where pigs roam free. ...

Betrayed by Bile: Bile Acids Help Norovirus Sneak Into Cells

Human noroviruses, the leading viral cause of foodborne illness and acute diarrhea around the world, infect cells of the small intestine by piggybacking on a normal cellular process called ...

Plant-Rich Diet Protects Mice Against Foodborne Infection

Mice fed a plant-rich diet are less susceptible to gastrointestinal (GI) infection from a pathogen such as the one currently under investigation for a widespread E. coli outbreak tied to romaine ...

Scientists Identify Harmful Bacteria Based on Its DNA at a Very Low Cost

Currently, the detection of food poison outbreaks caused by bacteria takes a long time and is expensive, but this does not have to be the case in the future. Researchers have found a method for the ...

A Self-Cleaning Surface That Repels Even the Deadliest Superbugs

A team of researchers has developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria, preventing the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other dangerous bacteria in settings ...

Space Travel Can Make the Gut Leaky

Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can enter our gut through the food we eat. Fortunately, the epithelial cells that line our intestines serve as a robust barrier to prevent these microorganisms from ...

The Nature of Salmonella Is Changing -- And It's Meaner

Salmonella is acting up in Michigan, and it could be a model for what's happening in other states, according to a new ...

Screening for Drug-Resistant E. Coli in Capsulized Fecal Transplants

Study recommends enhanced screening for drug-resistant E. coli in capsulized fecal ...

Highly Virulent Listeriosis Pathogen Discovered

An international team of researchers identifies the genetic basis for the hypervirulence of a Listeria strain that can cause severe ...

How Nasty Toxoplasma Parasite Damages the Human Eye

An international study used human retinal cells to demonstrate how the Toxoplasma parasite creates a characteristic eye lesion that can help doctors diagnose the ...

Parasitology: Mother Cells as Organelle Donors

Microbiologists have discovered a recycling process in the eukaryotic parasite Toxoplasma gondii that plays a vital role in the organism's unusual mode of ...

Adaptation to Life in Cattle May Be Driving E. Coli to Develop Harmful Features

Research led by Kyushu University finds that E. coli from cattle share widespread genetic similarities with those that cause food poisoning in humans, indicating that the traits that are harmful to ...

Parasite Needs Chemical (Lipid/nutrient) in Cat Intestines for Sex

Toxoplasma gondii is a microbial parasite that infects humans and but needs cats to complete its full life cycle. New research shows why: the sexual phase of the parasite's life cycle requires ...

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