Outlook 2019/2

Friday, June 28, 2019


Veterinary drug residues: compliance remains high

Monitoring data on the presence of residues of veterinary medicines and contaminants in animals and animal-derived food show high rates of compliance with recommended safety levels. Presence of prohibited substances was also low.


Antimicrobial resistance shows no signs of slowing down

Data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antimicrobials used to treat diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, such as campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis, are becoming less effective.



Food Safety News

Stickers vs swabs research shows sticking is better than than swiping

When it comes to food safety, being able to detect pathogens in food production areas is crucial. Although swabbing machinery, hard surfaces and other environmental elements has served as a well established, state-of-the-art sampling method for this detection, it has several drawbacks, according to recently published research in the American Society for Microbiology’s Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal.


A revolutionary new technology in the fight against pathogens

What if we could kill 99 percent of the potentially harmful bacteria on the surface of the fresh produce in one minute with just the flip of a switch? Consumers could have devices similar in size andopera tion to a microwave oven, while restaurants and food processors could have larger devices built into their production and processing lines – no water, no waste, no antimicrobial resistance, minimal chemical residues, and completely sustainable with only a small amount of electricity and air needed. This has become plausible due to research at the University of Maryland (UMD) focused on innovative work in low-temperature plasma science.





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