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Diagnosis Murder - DNA Profiling to Help Farmers
In September 2000, Ian Lowther, a UK national, was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he committed 23 years earlier. His conviction was made possible by advances in biotechnology, which allowed forensic scientists to match his DNA to samples...
Genetic Diversity and Antimicrobial Resistance among Isolates of E.coli O157:H7 in Two Commercial Beef Feedlots
In this Canadian study, only one animal was a 'super-shedder' of E.coli O157:H7 at both sampling periods, six weeks apart. The numbers and types of E.coli O157:H7 isolated from the cattle varied between the sampling periods and depended on the sample...
The Value of Diagnostics
Infectious disease continues to be the biggest cause of economic loss for livestock farmers. At a time when input costs are high and margins are being squeezed, losses due to culling, poor growth, variability and treatment need to be minimised, if businesses...
Salmonella in Animal Feedingstuffs and Other Products Associated with the Animal By-Products Regulations
Of the almost 45,000 tests carried out on these materials in Great Britain last year, fewer than one per cent were positive for Salmonella, according to the 2011 edition of 'Salmonella in Livestock Production in GB', an annual publication from the Veterinary...
Surveillance of Salmonella Prevalence in Animal Feeds and Characterisation of the Salmonella Isolates
Twelve per cent of more than 2,000 samples of feeds, feed ingredients and pet products tested by USDA between 2002 and 2009 were positive for Salmonella, with Senftenberg and Montevideo being the most common serotypes....
Reports of Salmonella in Cattle in the UK
There were 20 per cent fewer Salmonella cases in cattle in 2011 than in the previous year, according to the latest report by the UK's Veterinary Laboratories Agency. ...
Re-emergence of Brucellosis in Cattle in France and Risk for Human Health
Researchers report on the investigation into a single case of human brucellosis diagnosed in France in January 2012. The source of infection was identified as unpasteurised cheese from a neighbouring farm but the source of the bacteria is still under...
Adding Value through Packaging
Convenience, shelf presence, food safety, cost, functionality and sustainability are all the main driving forces for innovative food packaging, writes Chris Harris. ...
Chilled Food: Fresh Products Popular with Consumers
The relatively new convenience product segment known as chilled food involves food that is freshly made, freshly processed and freshly cooled. ...
High Oxygen Packaging Effects on Beef Cuts
Beef steaks stored in high-oxygen modified atmosphere packaging (HiOx-MAP) had more discoloration, lipid oxidation, and lower tenderness, juiciness, and flavour during nine days display compared to the steaks packaged in vacuum (VAC), according to a study...
UV Disinfection In The Meat Processing Industry
In an increasingly regulated and safety-conscious market, the meat processing industry has to meet ever more stringent standards of hygiene and quality. ...
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