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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Health News: The 5 most dangerous food borne pathogens ♦ GE plants produce proteins able to reduce E. coli on food ♦ African dams linked to over one million malaria cases annually

Turkey’s food safety problems magnified by unregistered facilities Only about one in 10 food producers and/or retailers in Turkey have an official license issued by the state, which means that the vast majority are never inspected. According to a recent media report, a survey called “Adulterated Foods” from the Turkish Agriculturists Association found that only about 40,000 of the estimated 400,000 food establishments..
The 5 most dangerous foodborne pathogens It can be tricky business to say that one foodborne pathogen is more dangerous than another. Are the criteria the number of illnesses, number of deaths, or percentage of victims who die? Do the severity of an illness or chronic side effects factor into the ranking? The first three pathogens on this list are fairly obvious dangers and ones.
Research shows GMO plants produce proteins able to reduce E. coli on food A team of scientists is genetically engineering plants to produce antimicrobial proteins known as colicins, which can then be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill E. coli bacteria. In a study published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and...
Poor diet and high blood pressure now number one risk factors for early death A new global burden of disease study finds a huge amount of deaths worldwide are due to preventable risk-factors.
African dams linked to over one million malaria cases annually For the first time, research correlates the location of large dams with the incidence of malaria and quantifies the impacts across sub-Saharan Africa. The study looked at over 1,200 dams and found that the population at risk for malaria around dams is at least four times greater than previously estimated.

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