Microbiological hazards

Microbiological hazards

Microbiological contamination is a worldwide public health concern. The most reported causes of foodborne illnesses are of microbiological origin (e.g. bacteria, fungi, or viruses). Microbes are everywhere and can enter the food chain at any point from the farm to the kitchen. Quality assurance systems are integrated into the food supply to minimise the risk of microbiological contamination. We must all also take measures at home to handle food safely at home and reduce our risk of getting ill.

Food and coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know

03 November 2020

There has been a lot of misinformation surrounding the relationship between COVID-19 and food. Here we will address some common questions and concerns.

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...

Ebola (Q&A)

08 December 2014

Ebola is a rare and often fatal acute illness, resulting from infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. The origin of Ebola virus is unknown, but fruit bats are considered the likely host.

What Are The Most Common Foodborne Viruses?

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

Belgian researchers found that heat treatment does not alter the nutritional value of raw milk and that it remains the most effective method to increase its microbiological safety.

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...