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Thursday, October 2, 2014

10/2/14 Health News:New method tracks foodborne disease outbreaks ♦ Cinnamon oil kills E. coli ♦ RISKS OF UNPASTEURIZED MILK ♦ Clostridium botulinum spore germination

Study sheds light on Clostridium botulinum spore germination
A newly published research study by scientists at the UK Institute of Food Research (IFR) has identified part of the mechanism by which the resistant endospores of the dangerous foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum (the cause of botulism) are able to germinate. Continue Reading
New method helps track foodborne disease outbreaks
A new computer-assisted method developed jointly by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the IBM Almaden Research Centre and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyses sales data to help identify contaminated foods involved in disease outbreaks. Continue Reading
Cinnamon oil kills pathogenic E. coli strains
A newly published study by researchers at Washington State University in the USA has found that an essential oil from cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is an effective antibacterial agent against several strains of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Continue Reading

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has not been able to identify the source of the E. coli outbreak that sickened five children in early September. However, on Tuesday the department put out a warning to residents about the danger of consuming unpasteurized milk and other food products sometimes associated with E. coli. All five... Continue Reading

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