Six events in Q1 2018 involved Listeria monocytogenes. Picture: iStock

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Listeria tops INFOSAN cases in Q1 2018

By Joseph James Whitworth

INFOSAN was involved in 16 food safety events involving 106 countries in the first quarter of this year.


Micreos positive on EFSA Listex opinion

By Joseph James Whitworth

Micreos has said it is ‘very positive’ following a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion on its technology for Listeria monocytogenes in Ready to Eat (RTE) foods.

Caramel apples. Photo: therealbridgetpalmer/flickr

Listeria outbreak from Bidart Bros. apples over - CDC

By Joseph James Whitworth

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in apples linked to the deaths of at least three people appears to be over, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

WGS findings, sprout consumption history of two patients and inspection findings suggest the illnesses are related to products from the firm, said CDC

Two dead from Listeria in mung bean sprouts

By Joseph James Whitworth

Mung bean sprouts contaminated with Listeria have been linked to the death of two people and illness of three others, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DuPont BAX System Real-Time PCR Assay for Genus Listeria

DuPont’s assay for Listeria backed by AOAC

By Joseph James Whitworth

DuPont’s BAX System Real-Time PCR Assay for Listeria has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute as a Performance Tested Method (PTM).

DGC activities of the L. monocytogenes proteins DgcA-C

‘Protective coat’ for Listeria discovered

By Joseph James Whitworth

A substance that greatly increases the survival of Listeria monocytogenes has been discovered by researchers who hope it will lead to better techniques to combat the pathogen.

Photo: Cedida. Pilar Menéndez, from Navarra University is doing the work at University of Southern Denmark

Iron-ing out Listeria to find vaccines

By Joseph James Whitworth

The mechanisms of iron regulation in Listeria monocytogenes are being researched by a biologist-biochemist from Navarra University, in Spain.

Listeria may not be completely killed off by standard heat treatments

Fakin’ it: fighting Listeria through simulation

By Rod Addy

Manufacturers can test the Listeria-killing potential of heat treatments in factories by using the enzyme amylase to simulate the behavior of the pathogen, scientists have discovered.

Meat inspection system defended

Meat inspection system defended

By staff reporter

The Canadian Meat Council said that the recent media coverage of the finding of the bacterium, listeria, in a Canadian meat processing plant is unwarranted and is creating a false impression of both the industry and Canada's meat inspection system.


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