Ebola (Q&A)

08 December 2016

Ebola is a rare and often fatal, acute illness, resulting from infection with one of the Ebola virus strains which can cause disease in humans and certain animals...

Over 400k deaths worldwide each year caused by preventable foodborne illness, WHO estimates

14 January 2016

One in 10 people fall ill every year from diseases caused by consuming unsafe food and water. The result is 420,000 deaths worldwide of which almost one third concern children under five...

Viral foodborne illnesses

12 August 2014

Viral foodborne illnesses are caused by a number of different viruses, which can contaminate foods during all stages of the food supply chain.

Consumption of raw milk poses a realistic and unnecessary health threat

01 October 2013

A recent review by Belgian researchers from a variety of universities and organisations, published in the international peer-reviewed journal Food Control, examined the risks and benefits associated with the consumption of raw...

Insights into the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in certain ready-to-eat foods

23 July 2013

The European Food Safety Authority recently published the findings from a European Union (EU) survey on the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in certain ready-to-eat foods, i.e. fish (hot smoked, cold smoked or gravad fish)...

The World Health Organization exposes myths about foodborne disease

08 April 2010

At the 6th World Congress of Science Journalists, epidemiologist Dr Claudia Stein from the World Health Organization explained why food safety matters and exposed eleven myths about foodborne diseases.

Influenza A(H1N1) virus (Q&A)

08 May 2009

The virus involved in the Spring 2009 global influenza outbreak is a new strain of influenza virus affecting humans. Although referred to as swine influenza in many reports, scientific evidence shows that it is different from the swine influenza virus...

Avian Influenza: Is it safe to eat poultry meat and eggs?

19 February 2007

Birds, like people, can have the flu. Avian influenza or bird flu was first identified over 100 years ago during an outbreak in Italy. Over the years, the disease has appeared from time to time in regions all over the world...

Microbial genomics: A new tool to increase food quality and safety

01 April 2005

There’s a new discipline in town: genomics, a new field of science that analyzes and compares the complete genome (genetic material of an organism) of organisms or a large number of genes...

Campylobacter jejuni: A lesser known bacteria

01 July 1999

Campylobacter jejuni is one of the world's major food poisoning bacteria. British scientists have recently determined its entire genetic make up, which should lead to an understanding of the mechanism of Campylobacter virulence as well as strategies to control it.

Foodborne illness: its origins and how to avoid it

01 August 1996

Safety is a priority at every stage of the food chain from farm to fork, and the foods available to European consumers are usually perfectly safe to eat. However, they may occasionally become contaminated to a level...