Day: September 10, 2013

Sixth FPSANZ monthly newsletter out now!

The sixth edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!
In this edition:

Ten Lessons Learnt from the CPS Research Symposium 2013
Over $120,000 Pledged so far, it’s not too late to support the FPSC!
Summary Report of FPS A&NZ 2012/13
Know the bugs that cause foodborne illness
Congratulations Allan Dall – HACCP Award Winner!

…and more!
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Day: September 10, 2013

Emerging Pathogens: E. Coli O104:H4

A strain of E. coli known as O104:H4, made worldwide headlines when an outbreak in Germany in May 2011, sickened approximately 4,000 people and killed 50.
This event, linked to fresh sprouts, quickly became the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in history.
It had evolved from a type of E. coli known to be harmless enteroaggregative E. coli and had acquired the genes to produce Shiga toxin from more virulent strains known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli.
Microbiological research laboratories around the globe began pooling resources to coordinate the world’s first “open source” analysis of a microbial genome. In turn, this spurred an unprecedented level of focused study by international collaborators that is still going on two years later.
Like other enteroaggregative E. coli strains, O104:H4 groups together in defensive brick patterns within a host’s intestines, inducing mucus production that both shields and feeds it. Combine that with the ability to produce Shiga toxin, and O104: H4 possesses the right cocktail of genes to become especially harmful in an outbreak.
To read the full article on Food Safety News, click here.

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