Articles of Interest

March 10, 2015  |  by  |  Source: S.E. West, K.B. Harris, A.N. Haneklaus, J.W. Savell, L.D. Thompson, J.C. Brooks, J.K. Pool, A.M. Luna, T.E. Engle, J.S. Schutz, D.R. Woerner, S.L. Arcibeque, K.E. Belk, L. Douglass, J.M. Leheska, S. McNeill, J.C. Howe, J.M. Holden, M. Duvall, K. Patterson

Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate natural antimicrobials including cranberry powder, dried vinegar and lemon juice/vinegar concentrate, and post-lethality interventions (lauric arginate, octanoic acid, thermal treatment and high hydrostatic pressure) for the control of Listeria monocytogenes on alternatively-cured frankfurters. Lauric arginate, octanoic acid, and high hydrostatic pressure (400 MPa) reduced L. monocytogenes populations by 2.28, 2.03, and 1.88 log10 CFU per g compared to the control. L. monocytogenes grew in all post-lethality intervention treatments, except after a 600 MPa high ... Read more →

July 16, 2014  |  by JANE E. BRODY  |  Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/we-are-our-bacteria/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A13%22%7D&_r=0

We Are Our Bacteria By JANE E. BRODY JULY 14, 2014 9:51 AM July 15, 2014 2:18 pm We may think of ourselves as just human, but we’re really a mass of microorganisms housed in a human shell. Every person alive is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells. They outnumber human cells 10 to one and account for 99.9 percent of the unique genes in the body. Katrina Ray, a senior editor of Nature Reviews, recently suggested that the ... Read more →

April 28, 2014  |  by BY KATHRYN DOYLE  |  Source: Reuters Health

(Reuters Health) – There was little progress in reducing food poisoning rates in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although Salmonella infections decreased by 9 percent in 2013, illnesses caused by other foodborne bacteria rose by as much as 32 percent. Each year, the most common foodborne illness – Salmonella – sickens about 1.2 million people in the U.S. and results in 450 deaths, according to the CDC. Recent efforts ... Read more →