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Clostridium botulin

Climate change and food safety – a complex and important issue

Changes in our planet’s climate are likely to have a number of implications for human health and welfare, including the safety of our food. Date 8 December 2015 The possible implications of climate change on availability and access to food (food sustainability) has been widely researched and debated. Climate change is generally seen as having […]

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Clostridium botulinum and its spore (inset) 
Jason Brunt, Kathryn Cross and Mary Parker

Discovery of mechanism for transfer botulinum neurotoxin genes

A new study has shown how Clostridium botulinum could potentially transfer their deadly neurotoxin genes to other bacteria. This highlights the need for constant vigilance in identifying new threats to food safety. 3 March 2016 The botulinum neurotoxin is the most potent known, and has been much studied because of this, helping ensure it doesn’t […]

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Would you like food poisoning with that?

Dr Arnoud van Vliet from the Food Safety Centre, gave a Public Lecture last month entitled “Would you like food poisoning with that?”. His talk covered the bacteria that cause food poisoning, why they are so good at making us ill, and why the problems are increasing. Arnoud explains the latest scientific breakthroughs to help battle the […]

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Spore today cells tomorrow : awakening Clostridium Botulinum spore from dormancy

A recently published IFR paper in PLOS Pathogens describes evidence for two functionally active germination receptors in Clostridium botulinum which act in synergy and cannot function individually, and a related functionally active germination receptor in Clostridium sporogenes. Here, Dr Jason Brunt, an IFR scientist working in Professor Mike Peck’s research group within the GHFS Research […]

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