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Listeria and Listeriosis

Feb 19, 2015 5:18:13 PM / by admin posted in bacteria in food, bacterial diseases, bacterial identification, food borne diseases, food borne illnesses, food borne pathogens, food contamination, food disease, food microorganisms, food pathogens, food poisoning, Food safety, foodborne illness, foodborne pathogens, identification of microorganisms, Listeria Testing, microorganisms in food, pathogenic bacteria, pathogenic bacteria in food, pathogens, safety food, salmonella symptoms

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Listeria is a Gram-positive bacillus genus in which Listeria monocytogenes appears to be the only human foodborne pathogen specie. The infectious disease associated with Listeria monocytogenes is potentially mortal. Its riskiness is related to the ubiquitous presence of the bacteria in the environment and its growth capacity at low temperature and high salinity. Despite having listeriosis a low incidence (normally less that one in 100,000 people per year) the mortality rate appears to be around 20-30%.

According to the latest EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) report published in 2014 and referred to the 2012 year, there were 1,642 confirmed human cases of listeriosis in the European Union which corresponds to 10.5% increase compared with 2011. The highest notification rates were produced in Finland, Spain and Denmark with Romania representing the lowest notification rate. Almost all the cases were from domestic origin.

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Antibiotics in food: responsibility of all

Feb 11, 2015 12:45:48 PM / by admin posted in antibiotic milk test, antibiotic milk test kits, antibiotic residues, antibiotic residues in milk, Antibiotic resistance, antibiotic test for milk, antibiotic testing, antibiotic testing in milk, Antibiotics, antibiotics in food, antimicrobial resistance, food quality testing, Food safety, Inhibition test, Maximum residue limits, Milk quality, milk quality analysis, milk quality testing, milk quality tests, milk testing, milk tests, MRL, quality of milk, screening test, veterinary drug residue testing, veterinary drug residues, veterinary drug residues in milk

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antibiotics in food, zeulabBacterial infections have been controlled for decades thanks to the efficiency of antibiotics. Now different sectors are warning about the necessity of an appropriate use of these drugs in order to preserve its unrivaled capacity

The first studies using sulfonamides to treat infectious diseases began in the early 20th century. In just a few decades these drugs together with penicillin G help to decrease the rate of mortality caused by infections.

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