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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221982/guidelines-to-validate-control-of-cross-contamination-during-washing-of-fresh-cut-leafy-vegetables
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D Gombas, Y Luo, J Brennan, G Shergill, R Petran, R Walsh, H Hau, K Khurana, B Zomorodi, J Rosen, R Varley, K Deng
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires food processors to implement and validate processes that will result in significantly minimizing or preventing the occurrence of hazards that are reasonably foreseeable in food production. During production of fresh-cut leafy vegetables, microbial contamination that may be present on the product can spread throughout the production batch when the product is washed, thus increasing the risk of illnesses. The use of antimicrobials in the wash water is a critical step in preventing such water-mediated cross-contamination; however, many factors can affect antimicrobial efficacy in the production of fresh-cut leafy vegetables, and the procedures for validating this key preventive control have not been articulated...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221937/food-safety-perceptions-and-practices-among-smallholder-pork-value-chain-actors-in-hung-yen-province-vietnam
#2
Sinh Dang-Xuan, Hung Nguyen-Viet, Tongkorn Meeyam, Reinhard Fries, Huong Nguyen-Thanh, Phuc Pham-Duc, Steven Lam, Delia Grace, Fred Unger
Pork safety is an important public health concern in Vietnam and is a shared responsibility among many actors along the pork value chain. We examined the knowledge, perceptions, and practices regarding food safety, disease, and health risk among selected pork value chain actors (slaughterhouse owners and workers, people living around slaughterhouses, pork sellers, consumers, and veterinary and public health staff) in three districts in Hung Yen Province, Vietnam. We randomly selected 52 pork value chain actors to be surveyed through questionnaires, observation checklists, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221906/tracing-surrogates-for-enteric-pathogens-inoculated-on-hide-through-the-beef-harvesting-process
#3
Mariana Villarreal-Silva, Daniel P Genho, Irfan Ilhak, Lisa M Lucia, James S Dickson, Kerri B Gehring, Jeffrey W Savell, Alejandro Castillo
Multiple antimicrobial interventions have been validated for use during the beef postharvesting process. However, little has been done to determine the impact of the postharvest environment on pathogen contamination. In this study, surrogate microorganisms were used to simulate pathogen cross-contamination through the postharvest environment at three different abattoirs. At each abattoir, the brisket areas of 13 hide-on carcasses were inoculated after stunning, with a gelatin slurry containing a cocktail (~7 log CFU/ml) of fluorescent Escherichia coli biotype I...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221901/prevalence-and-persistence-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-ready-to-eat-tilapia-sashimi-processing-plants
#4
Bang-Yuan Chen, Chung-Yi Wang, Chia-Lan Wang, Yang-Chi Fan, I-Ting Weng, Chung-Hsi Chou
A 2-year study was performed at two ready-to-eat tilapia sashimi processing plants (A and B) to identify possible routes of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes during processing. Samples were collected from the aquaculture environments, transportation tanks, processing plants, and final products. Seventy-nine L. monocytogenes isolates were found in the processing environments and final products; 3.96% (50 of 1,264 samples) and 3.86% (29 of 752 samples) of the samples from plants A and B, respectively, were positive for L...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221882/microbial-performance-of-food-safety-control-and-assurance-activities-in-a-fresh-produce-processing-sector-measured-using-a-microbial-assessment-scheme-and-statistical-modeling
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Patrick Murigu Kamau Njage, Chemutai Tonui Sawe, Cecilia Moraa Onyango, I Habib, Edmund Njeru Njagi, Marc Aerts, Geert Molenberghs
Current approaches such as inspections, audits, and end product testing cannot detect the distribution and dynamics of microbial contamination. Despite the implementation of current food safety management systems, foodborne outbreaks linked to fresh produce continue to be reported. A microbial assessment scheme and statistical modeling were used to systematically assess the microbial performance of core control and assurance activities in five Kenyan fresh produce processing and export companies. Generalized linear mixed models and correlated random-effects joint models for multivariate clustered data followed by empirical Bayes estimates enabled the analysis of the probability of contamination across critical sampling locations (CSLs) and factories as a random effect...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221839/a-limited-survey-of-aflatoxins-and-zearalenone-in-feed-and-feed-ingredients-from-pakistan
#6
Shahzad Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Rafique Asi, Sonia Nisar, Khalid Mahmood Zia, Selamat Jinap, Noeen Malik
This work presents current information on the presence of aflatoxins (AFs) and zearalenone (ZEN) in feed and feed ingredients from Punjab, Pakistan. The 105 samples tested were concentrated feed, i.e., cotton seed meal (18 samples) and soybean meal (14), and feed ingredients, i.e., crushed corn (17), crushed wheat (15), barley (17). and poultry feed (24). Samples were analyzed using high-performance liquid chromatography equipped with a fluorescence detector. Analysis revealed that 69 of 105 samples were contaminated with AFs, and the highest mean concentrations of AFB1 (6...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220651/elisa-type-assays-of-trace-biomarkers-using-microfluidic-methods
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REVIEW
Jinhua Dong, Hiroshi Ueda
Recently, great progress has been achieved for analytical technologies for biological substances. Traditionally, detection methods for analytes mainly rely on large instrumental analyses. These methods require costly equipment, skilled operators and long measurement time despite their generally low sensitivity. In contrast, immunoassays are becoming more and more popular for it is powerful, inexpensive, and convenient nature. Immunoassay has a range of applications, because it employs antibody, a protein produced by plasma cells in the acquired immune system to identify and neutralize diverse pathogens and other exogenous substances...
February 20, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214519/detection-and-quantification-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-in-environmental-samples-a-review-of-current-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Isaac Dennis Amoah, Gulshan Singh, Thor Axel Stenström, Poovendhree Reddy
It is estimated that over a billion people are infected with soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) globally with majority occurring in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), and hookworms (Anclostoma duodenale and Necator americanus) are the main species infecting people. These infections are mostly gained through exposure to faecally contaminated water, soil or contaminated food and with an increase in the risk of infections due to wastewater and sludge reuse in agriculture...
February 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209451/assessment-of-operating-room-airflow-using-air-particle-counts-and-direct-observation-of-door-openings
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Jonathan Teter, Isabella Guajardo, Tamrah Al-Rammah, Gedge Rosson, Trish M Perl, Michele Manahan
BACKGROUND: The role of the operating room (OR) environment has been thought to contribute to surgical site infection rates. The quality of OR air, disruption of airflow, and other factors may increase contamination risks. We measured air particulate counts (APCs) to determine if they increased in relation to traffic, door opening, and other common activities. METHODS: During 1 week, we recorded APCs in 5-minute intervals and movement of health care workers. Trained observers recorded information about traffic, door openings, job title of the opener, and the reason for opening...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207399/motor-unit-potential-jitter-a-new-measure-of-neuromuscular-transmission-instability
#10
Meena AbdelMaseeh, Daniel Stashuk
OBJECTIVE: A new measure of neuromuscular transmission instability, motor unit potential (MUP) jitter, is introduced. MUP jitter can be estimated quickly using motor unit potential trains (MUPTs) extracted from electromyographic (EMG) signals acquired using conventional clinical equipment and needle EMG electrodiagnostic protocols. The primary motivation for developing MUP jitter is to avoid the technical demands associated with estimating jitter using conventional single fibre EMG techniques...
February 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193592/heavy-metal-immobilization-and-microbial-community-abundance-by-vegetable-waste-and-pine-cone-biochar-of-agricultural-soils
#11
Avanthi Deshani Igalavithana, Sung-Eun Lee, Young Han Lee, Daniel C W Tsang, Jörg Rinklebe, Eilhann E Kwon, Yong Sik Ok
In order to determine the efficacy of vegetable waste and pine cone biochar for immobilization of metal/metalloid (lead and arsenic) and abundance of microbial community in different agricultural soils, we applied the biochar produced at two different temperatures to two contaminated soils. Biochar was produced by vegetable waste, pine cone, and their mixture (1:1 ww(-1)) at 200 °C (torrefied biomass) and 500 °C (biochar). Contaminated soils were incubated with 5% (ww(-1)) torrefied biomass or biochar. Sequential extraction, thermodynamic modeling, and scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to evaluate the metal immobilization...
February 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178912/do-medical-students-receive-training-in-correct-use-of-personal-protective-equipment
#12
Amrita John, Myreen E Tomas, Aditya Hari, Brigid M Wilson, Curtis J Donskey
BACKGROUND: Healthcare personnel often use incorrect technique for donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE). OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that medical students receive insufficient training on correct methods for donning and doffing PPE. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of medical students on clinical rotations at two teaching hospitals to determine the type of training they received in PPE technique...
2017: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176197/using-urine-as-a-biomarker-in-human-exposure-risk-associated-with-arsenic-and-other-heavy-metals-contaminating-drinking-groundwater-in-intensively-agricultural-areas-of-thailand
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Pokkate Wongsasuluk, Srilert Chotpantarat, Wattasit Siriwong, Mark Robson
Urine used as a biomarker was collected and compared between two groups of participants: (1) a groundwater-drinking group and (2) a non-groundwater-drinking group in intensively agricultural areas in Ubon Ratchathani province, Thailand. The statistical relationship with the metal concentration in shallow groundwater wells was established with urine data. According to the groundwater data, the health risk assessment results for four metals appeared to be higher for participants who drank groundwater than for the other group...
February 7, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159176/legionnaire-s-disease-cardiac-manifestations
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REVIEW
John L Brusch
Most cardiac infections with Legionella are secondary to bacteremias arising from a pulmonary focus. Other possible sites of origin are infected sternotomy wounds or equipment contaminated by Legionella spp. Legionella endocarditis is truly a "stealth" infection, with almost no hallmarks of bacterial endocarditis. The key step in making the diagnosis of Legionella endocarditis is for the physician to be aware of the clinical causes of culture-negative infective endocarditis and to include Legionella cardiac involvement in this differential...
March 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151442/safe-drinking-water-and-waterborne-outbreaks
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N A Moreira, M Bondelind
The present work compiles a review on drinking waterborne outbreaks, with the perspective of production and distribution of microbiologically safe water, during 2000-2014. The outbreaks are categorised in raw water contamination, treatment deficiencies and distribution network failure. The main causes for contamination were: for groundwater, intrusion of animal faeces or wastewater due to heavy rain; in surface water, discharge of wastewater into the water source and increased turbidity and colour; at treatment plants, malfunctioning of the disinfection equipment; and for distribution systems, cross-connections, pipe breaks and wastewater intrusion into the network...
February 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146089/electrosurgical-smoke-ultrafine-particle-measurements-and-work-environment-quality-in-different-operating-theatres
#16
Francesco Romano, Jan Gustén, Stefano De Antonellis, Cesare M Joppolo
Air cleanliness in operating theatres (OTs) is an important factor for preserving the health of both the patient and the medical staff. Particle contamination in OTs depends mainly on the surgery process, ventilation principle, personnel clothing systems and working routines. In many open surgical operations, electrosurgical tools (ESTs) are used for tissue cauterization. ESTs generate a significant airborne contamination, as surgical smoke. Surgical smoke is a work environment quality problem. Ordinary surgical masks and OT ventilation systems are inadequate to control this problem...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142135/frequency-and-genotype-of-human-parvovirus-b19-among-iranian-hemodialysis-and-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Alireza Sharif, Arezoo Aghakhani, Ali Akbar Velayati, Mohammad Banifazl, Mohammad Reza Sharif, Effat Razeghi, Davood Kheirkhah, Monireh Kazemimanesh, Anahita Bavand, Amitis Ramezani
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency and genotype of human parvovirus B19 and its relation with anemia among Iranian patients under dialysis. METHODS: Fifty hemodialysis (HD) and 33 peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients were enrolled. B19 IgG and IgM antibodies were assessed by ELISA, and the presence of B19 DNA was evaluated by nested PCR. PCR products were sequenced directly and phylogenetic analysis was performed. RESULTS: In the HD group, the prevalence of B19 antibodies was 54% for IgG and 4% for IgM...
2016: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135647/spread-of-esbl-ampc-producing-escherichia-coli-and-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-the-community-through-ready-to-eat-sandwiches-in-algeria
#18
Lydia Yaici, Marisa Haenni, Véronique Métayer, Estelle Saras, Ferielle Mesbah Zekar, Meriem Ayad, Abdelaziz Touati, Jean-Yves Madec
The spread of Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamases (ESBLs) or AmpC β-Lactamases (AmpC) encoding genes in healthy human populations is of major concern. The role of the food chain has been questioned since numerous studies reported surface contamination of retail meat or crude vegetables with ESBL/AmpC-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL/AmpC-E). Nonetheless, these food products are intended to be cooked or washed before consumption so that the risk of human transfer might be low. Here, the presence of ESBL/AmpC-E was investigated in ready-to-eat (RTE) sandwiches purchased in the street in the city of Bejaia, Algeria...
January 22, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131098/nitrate-reduction-and-its-effects-on-trichloroethylene-degradation-by-granular-iron
#19
Qiong Lu, Sung-Wook Jeen, Lai Gui, Robert W Gillham
Laboratory column experiments and reactive transport modeling were performed to evaluate the reduction of nitrate and its effects on trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation by granular iron. In addition to determining degradation kinetics of TCE in the presence of nitrate, the columns used in this study were equipped with electrodes which allowed for in situ measurements of corrosion potentials of the iron material. Together with Raman spectroscopic measurements the mechanisms of decline in iron reactivity were examined...
January 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125610/the-potential-role-of-direct-and-indirect-contacts-on-infection-spread-in-dairy-farm-networks
#20
Gianluigi Rossi, Giulio A De Leo, Stefano Pongolini, Silvano Natalini, Luca Zarenghi, Matteo Ricchi, Luca Bolzoni
Animals' exchanges are considered the most effective route of between-farm infectious disease transmission. However, despite being often overlooked, the infection spread due to contaminated equipment, vehicles, or personnel proved to be important for several livestock epidemics. This study investigated the role of indirect contacts in a potential infection spread in the dairy farm network of the Province of Parma (Northern Italy). We built between-farm contact networks using data on cattle exchange (direct contacts), and on-farm visits by veterinarians (indirect contacts)...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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