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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654203/effects-of-storage-temperature-on-bacterial-growth-rates-and-community-structure-in-fresh-retail-sushi
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Sunniva Hoel, Anita Nordeng Jakobsen, Olav Vadstein
AIMS: This study was conducted to assess the effects of different storage temperatures (4 to 20 °C), on bacterial concentrations, growth rates and community structure in fresh retail sushi, a popular retail product with a claimed shelf life of two to three days. METHODS AND RESULTS: The maximum specific growth rate based on aerobic plate count (APC) at 4 °C was 0.06 h(-1) , and displayed a 6-fold increase (0.37 h(-1) ) at 20 °C. Refrigeration resulted in no growth of hydrogen sulfide (H2 S)-producing bacteria, but this group had the strongest temperature response...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653154/dna-persistence-of-bite-marks-on-food-and-its-relevance-for-str-typing
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Céline M Pfeifer, Anja Gass, Rachel Klein-Unseld, Peter Wiegand
In forensic DNA analysis, salivary traces at crime scenes are a promising way to identify a person. However, crime scenes are oftentimes investigated a while after the crime and recovered samples might have been degraded leading to poor PCR amplification. Probably due to decomposition and negative visual impression of spoiled food, bite mark samples make up only a small part of our casework routine. In this study, bite marks on apples and chocolate bars as well as on an inert surface (microscope slide) were stored up to 3 weeks indoors and outdoors during different seasons and analyzed for amylase activity and DNA quantity and quality...
June 26, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651291/development-of-a-reference-standard-library-of-chloroplast-genome-sequences-genometrakrcp
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Ning Zhang, Padmini Ramachandran, Jun Wen, James A Duke, Helen Metzman, William McLaughlin, Andrea R Ottesen, Ruth E Timme, Sara M Handy
Precise, species-level identification of plants in foods and dietary supplements is difficult. While the use of DNA barcoding regions (short regions of DNA with diagnostic utility) has been effective for many inquiries, it is not always a robust approach for closely related species, especially in highly processed products. The use of fully sequenced chloroplast genomes, as an alternative to short diagnostic barcoding regions, has demonstrated utility for closely related species. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also developed species-specific DNA-based assays targeting plant species of interest by utilizing chloroplast genome sequences...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649691/gluten-and-aluminum-content-in-synthroid-%C3%A2-levothyroxine-sodium-tablets
#4
Ramon Espaillat, Michael F Jarvis, Cory Torkelson, Brent Sinclair
INTRODUCTION: Inquiries from healthcare providers and patients about the gluten and aluminum content of Synthroid(®) (levothyroxine sodium tablets) have increased. The objective of this study was to measure and evaluate the gluten content of the raw materials used in the manufacturing of Synthroid. Additionally, this study determined the aluminum content in different strengths of Synthroid tablets by estimating the amount of aluminum in the raw materials used in the manufacturing of Synthroid...
June 26, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649571/impact-of-built-up-litter-and-commercial-antimicrobials-on-salmonella-and-campylobacter-contamination-of-broiler-carcasses-processed-at-a-pilot-mobile-poultry-processing-unit
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KaWang Li, Lacey Lemonakis, Brian Glover, Joseph Moritz, Cangliang Shen
The small-scale mobile poultry-processing unit (MPPU) produced raw poultry products are of particular food safety concern due to exemption of USDA poultry products inspection act. Limited studies reported the microbial quality and safety of MPPU-processed poultry carcasses. This study evaluated the Salmonella and Campylobacter prevalence in broiler ceca and on MPPU-processed carcasses and efficacy of commercial antimicrobials against Campylobacter jejuni on broilers. In study I, straight-run Hubbard × Cobb broilers (147) were reared for 38 days on clean-shavings (CS, 75) or built-up-litter (BUL, 72) and processed at an MPPU...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649294/randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-baked-egg-intervention-in-young-children-allergic-to-raw-egg-but-not-baked-egg
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Merryn Netting, Michael Gold, Patrick Quinn, Adaweyah El-Merhibi, Irmeli Penttila, Maria Makrides
BACKGROUND: Consumption of baked egg by raw egg allergic children is associated with immune changes suggesting development of tolerance. However, causation has not been tested using a double blind randomized controlled trial (RCT). We aimed to compare clinical and immunological outcomes after baked egg (BE) consumption in young BE tolerant egg allergic children. METHODS: In a double blind RCT, BE tolerant egg allergic children consumed 10 g BE (1.3 g protein) 2 to 3 times per week for 6 months (n = 21 intervention group) or similar egg free baked goods (n = 22 control group) while maintaining an otherwise egg free diet...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648748/optimized-anaerobic-aerobic-sequential-system-for-the-treatment-of-food-waste-and-wastewater
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S Ghanimeh, C Abou Khalil, C Bou Mosleh, C Habchi
Considering that modern wastewater and solid waste processing facilities seek efficient energy recovery methods, this study investigates anaerobic-aerobic sequential systems for combined treatment of raw wastewater with food waste. The optimum loading rate was found to be 1.6mgVSL(-1)d(-1) resulting in a stable operation of the anaerobic compartment. Yet, the increase in ammonia concentration resulted in gradual accumulation of VFA, until reaching a tipping point of 3000mgL(-1) beyond which an abrupt increase in VFA to above 6000mgL(-1) was observed, with acute stability loss and performance deterioration...
June 22, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648290/milk-originated-bacillus-cereus-sensu-lato-strains-harbouring-bacillus-anthracis-like-plasmids-are-genetically-and-phenotypically-diverse
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Marek Bartoszewicz, Paulina Sylwia Marjańska
Bacillus cereus sensu lato is widely distributed in food products, including raw and processed milk. Plasmids often determine bacterial virulence and toxicity, but their role in the evolution of B. cereus sensu lato is only partly known. Here, we observed that nearly 8% of B. cereus sensu lato isolates were positive for pXO1-like plasmids and 12% for pXO2-like plasmids in raw and ultra-heat-treated (UHT) milk from one dairy plant. However, pXO1-like plasmids were significantly more frequent in raw milk, while pXO2-like plasmids were more frequent in processed milk...
October 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647607/bioaccessibility-and-risk-assessment-of-essential-and-non-essential-elements-in-vegetables-commonly-consumed-in-swaziland
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Robert Londi Mnisi, Peter P Ndibewu, Lihle D Mafu, Gabriel C Bwembya
The green leafy vegetables (Mormodica involucrate, Bidens pilosa and Amaranthus spinosus) are economic; seasonal; locally grown and easily available; easy to propagate and store; highly nutritious food substances that form an important component of diets. This study applies a physiology based extraction technique (PBET) to mimic digestion of these vegetables to determine the fraction of essential (Fe and Zn) and non-essential elements (Cd, Cr and Pb) that are made available for absorption after ingestion. Prior to the application of the PBET, the vegetables were cooked adopting indigenous Swazi cooking methods...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643233/assessing-environmental-exposure-to-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-in-complex-sample-matrices-a-comparison-of-the-three-most-popular-lc-ms-ms-methods
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Teesha C Baker, Fiona J M Tymm, Susan J Murch
β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a naturally occurring non-protein amino acid produced by cyanobacteria, accumulated through natural food webs, found in mammalian brain tissues. Recent evidence indicates an association between BMAA and neurological disease. The accurate detection and quantification of BMAA in food and environmental samples are critical to understanding BMAA metabolism and limiting human exposure. To date, there have been more than 78 reports on BMAA in cyanobacteria and human samples, but different methods give conflicting data and divergent interpretations in the literature...
June 22, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640196/vitamin-d%C3%A2-and-25-hydroxyvitamin-d%C3%A2-content-of-retail-white-fish-and-eggs-in-australia
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Eleanor Dunlop, Judy Cunningham, Jill L Sherriff, Robyn M Lucas, Heather Greenfield, Jayashree Arcot, Norbert Strobel, Lucinda J Black
Dietary vitamin D may compensate for inadequate sun exposure; however, there have been few investigations into the vitamin D content of Australian foods. We measured vitamin D₃ and 25-hydroxyvitamin D₃ (25(OH)D₃) in four species of white fish (barramundi, basa, hoki and king dory), and chicken eggs (cage and free-range), purchased from five Australian cities. Samples included local, imported and wild-caught fish, and eggs of varying size from producers with a range of hen stocking densities. Raw and cooked samples were analysed using high performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array...
June 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635255/characterization-and-immunomodulatory-activity-of-a-novel-peptide-ecfsta-from-wheat-germ-globulin
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Wenjia Wu, Mengmeng Zhang, Yao Ren, Xinze Cai, Zhina Yin, Xiaoai Zhang, Tian Min, Hui Wu
A novel peptide was extracted from wheat germ globulin and purified using ion-exchange chromatography, gel filtration chromatography and semi-preparative reverse phase-high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The sequence of the peptide was found to be Glu-Cys-Phe-Ser-Thr-Ala (ECFSTA). Its immunomodulatory effects were evaluated, and the results showed that ECFSTA could enhance phagocytosis of RAW 264.7 cells and significantly increase their secretion of nitric oxide (NO), interleukins-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factors-α (TNF-α), and reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631590/comparative-evaluation-of-veriflow-%C3%A2-salmonella-species-to-usda-and-fda-culture-based-methods-for-the-detection-of-salmonella-spp-in-food-and-environmental-samples
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Amrita Puri, Adam C Joelsson, Shawn P Terkhorn, Ashley S Brown, Zara E Gaudioso, Nicholas A Siciliano
Veriflow(®)Salmonella species (Veriflow SS)is a molecular-based assay for the presumptive detection of Salmonella spp. from environmental surfaces (stainless steel, sealed concrete, plastic, and ceramic tile), dairy (2% milk), raw meat (20% fat ground beef), chicken carcasses, and ready-to-eat (RTE) food (hot dogs). The assay utilizes a PCR detection method coupled with a rapid, visual, flow-based assay that develops in 3 min post-PCR amplification and requires only an 18 h enrichment for maximum sensitivity...
June 20, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631049/novel-probiotics-isolated-from-a-japanese-traditional-fermented-food-funazushi-attenuates-dss-induced-colitis-by-increasing-the-induction-of-high-integrin-%C3%AE-v-%C3%AE-8-expressing-dendritic-cells
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Yoshikiyo Okada, Yoshikazu Tsuzuki, Takajo Takeshi, Hirotaka Furuhashi, Masaaki Higashiyama, Chikako Watanabe, Kazuhiko Shirakabe, Chie Kurihara, Shunsuke Komoto, Kengo Tomita, Shigeaki Nagao, Soichiro Miura, Ryota Hokari
BACKGROUND: We isolated two novel probiotics strains (s193 and s292) from Funazushi, which is a traditional Japanese fermented food, and evaluated its effects on DSS-induced colitis to determine the possible underlying mechanisms. METHODS: A single colony from homogenized Funazushi was isolated by its ability to suppress TNF-α in RAW 264.7. Effect of probiotics on colonic inflammation induced by DSS was evaluated. Effect of probiotics on Treg induction by CD11c(+) dendritic cells (DCs) of MLNs were analyzed...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630784/elemental-characterization-of-romanian-crop-medicinal-plants-by-neutron-activation-analysis
#15
Daniela Haidu, Dénes Párkányi, Radu Ioan Moldovan, Cecilia Savii, Iulia Pinzaru, Cristina Dehelean, Ludovic Kurunczi
The metallic elements concentrations of medicinal plants (coriander, dill, Echinacea, lavender, chamomile, mint, and plantain, used for phytopharmaceutical products), cultivated in unpolluted region, were analyzed by neutron activation analysis. The essential nutrients, macro-, micro-, and trace elements (K, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Mn, Rb, Sr, and Zn), potentially toxic elements (Al, As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V), and rare earth elements were monitored and were compared with those presented in the literature. An estimation of their contributions to intake and toxicity for a person was made, which revealed that (a) teas prepared from the examined plants represent useful contribution to the food provided intake of three essential macronutrients (K, Ca, and Mg); (b) the Cu, Mn, Rb, Sr, Zn, and rare earths levels are normal or low; (c) the quantities of As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V do not represent toxicological concerns; (d) the examination of the estimated Al and Fe quantities recovered in infusions in the conditions of usual daily tea consumption is below the Tolerable Daily Intake values...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626762/comparison-of-antibacterial-activity-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-strains-isolated-from-two-different-kinds-of-regional-cheeses-from-poland-oscypek-and-korycinski-cheese
#16
Aleksandra Ołdak, Dorota Zielińska, Anna Rzepkowska, Danuta Kołożyn-Krajewska
Oscypek and korycinski are traditional Polish cheeses, exclusively produced in Tatra and in Podlasie region, respectively, produced from raw, unpasteurized milk. The 29 Lactobacillus plantarum strains were isolated on MRS agar from 12 cheese samples and used as a material for study. The main purpose of the work was to assess the antimicrobial properties and recognition of selected strains for the unique antagonistic activity and preservation role in food. It has been found that the highest antimicrobial activity was observed in the case of L...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626552/a-new-microfluidic-approach-for-the-one-step-capture-amplification-and-label-free-quantification-of-bacteria-from-raw-samples
#17
Iago Pereiro, Amel Bendali, Sanae Tabnaoui, Lucile Alexandre, Jana Srbova, Zuzana Bilkova, Shane Deegan, Lokesh Joshi, Jean-Louis Viovy, Laurent Malaquin, Bruno Dupuy, Stéphanie Descroix
A microfluidic method to specifically capture and detect infectious bacteria based on immunorecognition and proliferative power is presented. It involves a microscale fluidized bed in which magnetic and drag forces are balanced to retain antibody-functionalized superparamagnetic beads in a chamber during sample perfusion. Captured cells are then cultivated in situ by infusing nutritionally-rich medium. The system was validated by the direct one-step detection of Salmonella Typhimurium in undiluted unskimmed milk, without pre-treatment...
February 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625983/strain-level-metagenomic-analysis-of-the-fermented-dairy-beverage-nunu-highlights-potential-food-safety-risks
#18
Aaron M Walsh, Fiona Crispie, Kareem Daari, Orla O'Sullivan, Jennifer C Martin, Cornelius T Arthur, Marcus J Claesson, Karen P Scott, Paul D Cotter
The rapid detection of pathogenic strains in food products is essential for the prevention of disease outbreaks. It has already been demonstrated that whole metagenome shotgun sequencing can be used to detect pathogens in food but, until recently, strain-level detection of pathogens has relied on whole metagenome assembly, which is a computationally demanding process. Here, we demonstrate that three short read alignment-based methods, MetaMLST, PanPhlAn, and StrainPhlAn, can accurately, and rapidly, identify pathogenic strains in spinach metagenomes which were intentionally spiked with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in a previous study...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623844/lc-ms-ms-characterization-anti-inflammatory-effects-and-antioxidant-activities-of-polyphenols-from-different-tissues-of-korean-petasites-japonicus-meowi
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Jin Young Choi, Kebede Taye Desta, Venu Venkatarame Gowda Saralamma, Sung Joong Lee, Soo Jung Lee, Seong Min Kim, Anjugam Paramanantham, Ho Jeong Lee, Yun-Hi Kim, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim, Sung Chul Shin, Gon-Sup Kim, A M Abd El-Aty
The Korean Petasites japonicus is a perennial plant used in folk medicine as a remedy for many diseases and popularly consumed as spring greens. Ten polyphenols were characterized from the leaves, stems, and roots of this plant via high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Individual polyphenols were quantified for the first time using calibration curves of six structurally related external standards. Validation data indicated that correlation coefficients (R(2) ) were ≥ 0.9702 for all standards...
June 17, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621823/raw-material-procurement-for-termite-fishing-tools-by-wild-chimpanzees-in-the-issa-valley-western-tanzania
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Katarina Almeida-Warren, Volker Sommer, Alex K Piel, Alejandra Pascual-Garrido
OBJECTIVES: Chimpanzee termite fishing has been studied for decades, yet the selective processes preceding the manufacture of fishing tools remain largely unexplored. We investigate raw material selection and potential evidence of forward planning in the chimpanzees of Issa valley, western Tanzania. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using traditional archaeological methods, we surveyed the location of plants from where chimpanzees sourced raw material to manufacture termite fishing tools, relative to targeted mounds...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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