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The ins and outs of bacterial food poisoning

Arnoud van Vliet from the Institute of Food Research will present “The Ins and Outs of bacterial food poisoning”.

Every month The Norwich Science Cafe heads to The Maddermarket Theatre where there is the chance to hear scientists and speakers explain all about scientific topics which affect us all. The next session will be Wednesday July 24th at 7.30pm in the bar and is completely free, just turn up and grab a seat.

Arnoud van Vliet is a Research Leader in the Gut Health and Food Safety programme at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park. He has been working on disease-causing bacteria since 1990, and came to IFR in 2007 to lead the research on the foodborne bacterial pathogen Campylobacter.

The announcement that July is going to be a warm month (“UK set to bask in warm weather for most of July”, Guardian 1st of July) is good news for those enjoying the barbecues, the festivals and other outdoor activities. However, with the fun of the holiday lifestyle there is also an increase in the incidence of food poisoning, as many of the basic rules of food hygiene tend to be forgotten, and includes the possibility of cross-contamination to other food. Bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter may thus survive the food preparation (the Ins) and lead to food poisoning including the Outs that most grown-ups tend not to want to discuss…

In his presentation Arnoud will discuss aspects of food safety and food poisoning ranging from the upset tummy we all experience from time to time, to the worst case scenario’s like the 2011 E. coli outbreak.

About the Science Cafe

The cafe gives the public the chance to hear the science behind the outbreak, before asking questions and debating the subject with those in the know, letting people get the answers they might not normally have access to. The cafe is open to anyone who is interested and after the presentation there will be a group debate and question session to get everyone talking about the information they have just heard. For more information on the cafe or to be added to the mailing list please contact alexatinspire@yahoo.co.uk