Health

Chicken liver pate is a potential source of food poisoning

University of Aberdeen scientists bought raw chicken livers from a typical range of supermarkets and butchers over a two-year period and, after testing in the lab, discovered the bug Campylobacter in 81% of them.

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Study finds 'raw' milk poses risk for some groups

(Medical Xpress) -- Will a fresh glass of "raw" milk nourish or poison you? Pasteurization almost always provides protection from contamination. Unpasteurized "raw" milk, on the other hand, provides a potential breeding ground ...

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New case estimates show foodborne illness still a big problem

(PhysOrg.com) -- New estimates on the number of foodborne illness cases that occur each year in the United States, just released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, show that food safety remains a concern in this country, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Combating gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis from food borne illness is a major public health concern both in Australia and overseas, and Swinburne University of Technology researchers are working on the early detection of bacteria that significantly ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What is campylobacter, and what are we doing about it?

Campylobacters are spiral-shaped bacteria that often colonize the intestines of animals grown for food (as well as other animals)—and they can cause acute diarrheal disease (called campylobacteriosis) in humans.

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'Holy' springs and holy water in Austria is badly contaminated

Water from "holy" springs in Austria is contaminated with faecal matter and nitrates and is not classed as safe for drinking. The water used in fonts in churches and hospital chapels also contains high amounts of bacteria. ...

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Campylobacter

Campylobacter (meaning 'twisted bacteria') is a genus of bacteria that are Gram-negative, spiral, and microaerophilic. Motile, with either unipolar or bipolar flagella, the organisms have a characteristic spiral/corkscrew appearance (see photo) and are oxidase-positive. Campylobacter jejuni is now recognized as one of the main causes of bacterial foodborne disease in many developed countries. At least a dozen species of Campylobacter have been implicated in human disease, with C. jejuni and C. coli the most common. C. fetus is a cause of spontaneous abortions in cattle and sheep, as well as an opportunistic pathogen in humans.

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