News & Perspective

Aug 22, 2006

Aug 22, 2006

FDA OKs using viruses to fight Listeria in meat

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials broke new ground last week by approving the use of a mixture of bacteriophages, or bacteria-killing viruses, to control the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes on ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products.

Apr 26, 2006

Apr 26, 2006

Antibacterial bacteria may be used in ground beef

(CIDRAP News) – Food stores may soon be able to offer ground beef and other meat products treated with a mixture of harmless bacteria that reportedly can reduce common pathogens by 99% or more.

Apr 13, 2006

Apr 13, 2006

CDC sees decline in most foodborne illnesses

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of most major foodborne diseases in 2005 changed little from the previous year and generally continued a slow decline from levels measured in the late 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 28, 2006

Mar 28, 2006

New vaccine approach relies on weakened Listeria

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers have announced a new approach to making a vaccine for the foodborne illness listeriosis that may also bode well for fighting certain other infections, including salmonellosis and tuberculosis.