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24 04, 2019

Can Salmonella Contaminate Pre-Cut Melon?

2019-04-24T14:09:47+02:00By |

How does Salmonella contaminate pre-cut melon? A recent outbreak in the US of Salmonella-contaminated pre-cut melon infected at least 93 people (reported). This was unfortunately not the first outbreak due to contaminated pre-cut melon with pathogenic bacteria. This prompts the question of how does Salmonella contaminate pre-cut fruits?

1 04, 2019

How We Test For Listeria monocytogenes

2019-04-06T12:18:25+02:00By |

Listeria is a bacterium that is found in soil and water with some individuals acting as carriers. Listeria monocytogenes is a species of Listeria that is a food-borne pathogen capable of surviving in the presence and absence of oxygen.  Its ability to grow at temperatures as low as 0 °C permits multiplication at typical refrigeration temperatures. This increases its ability to evade control in food.

26 01, 2018

Legionella risk in the drought, does the risk increase or decrease?

2019-04-07T22:24:30+02:00By |

Obviously Legionella pneumophila being a water-borne organism, this is likely to impact on its prevalence of and thus the diseases caused by it (most famously Legionnaire’s Disease but also the other forms of legionellosis). This will be of particular concern to hotels, lodges, guest houses and the like.