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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329870/16-o-methylcafestol-is-present-in-ground-roast-arabica-coffees-implications-for-authenticity-testing
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Yvonne Gunning, Marianne Defernez, Andrew D Watson, Niles Beadman, Ian J Colquhoun, Gwénaëlle Le Gall, Mark Philo, Hollie Garwood, David Williamson, Aaron P Davis, E Kate Kemsley
High-field and low-field proton NMR spectroscopy were used to analyse lipophilic extracts from ground roast coffees. Using a sample preparation method that produced concentrated extracts, a small marker peak at 3.16 ppm was observed in 30 Arabica coffees of assured origin. This signal has previously been believed absent from Arabicas, and has been used as a marker for detecting adulteration with robusta. Via 2D 600 MHz NMR and LC-MS, 16-O-methylcafestol and 16-O-methylkahweol were detected for the first time in Arabica roast coffee and shown to be responsible for the marker peak...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317018/outbreak-of-salmonella-bovismorbificans-associated-with-the-consumption-of-uncooked-ham-products-the-netherlands-2016-to-2017
#2
Diederik Brandwagt, Cees van den Wijngaard, Anna Dolores Tulen, Annemieke Christine Mulder, Agnetha Hofhuis, Rianne Jacobs, Max Heck, Anjo Verbruggen, Hans van den Kerkhof, Ife Slegers-Fitz-James, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Eelco Franz
In January 2017, an increase in reported Salmonellaenterica serotype Bovismorbificans cases in the Netherlands was observed since October 2016. We implemented a case-control study to identify the source, including all cases after December 2016. Adjusted odds ratios were calculated using logistic regression analysis. We traced back the distribution chain of suspected food items and sampled them for microbiological analysis. Human and food isolates were sequenced using whole genome sequencing (WGS). From October 2016 to March 2017, 54 S...
January 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317011/declaration-of-nutrition-information-on-and-nutritional-quality-of-thai-ready-to-eat-packaged-food-products
#3
Suladda Pongutta, Pitipa Chongwatpol, Parwin Tantayapirak, Stefanie Vandevijvere
OBJECTIVE: The present study assessed the nutrition information displayed on ready-to-eat packaged foods and the nutritional quality of those food products in Thailand. DESIGN: In March 2015, the nutrition information panels and nutrition and health claims on ready-to-eat packaged foods were collected from the biggest store of each of the twelve major retailers, using protocols developed by the International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS)...
January 10, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316497/technologies-for-the-bioconversion-of-methane-into-more-valuable-products
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REVIEW
Sara Cantera, Raúl Muñoz, Raquel Lebrero, Juan Carlos López, Yadira Rodríguez, Pedro Antonio García-Encina
Methane, with a global warming potential twenty five times higher than that of CO2 is the second most important greenhouse gas emitted nowadays. Its bioconversion into microbial molecules with a high retail value in the industry offers a potential cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution for mitigating anthropogenic diluted CH4-laden streams. Methane bio-refinery for the production of different compounds such as ectoine, feed proteins, biofuels, bioplastics and polysaccharides, apart from new bioproducts characteristic of methanotrophic bacteria, has been recently tested in discontinuous and continuous bioreactors with promising results...
January 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315250/blockchain-based-decentralized-management-of-demand-response-programs-in-smart-energy-grids
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Claudia Pop, Tudor Cioara, Marcel Antal, Ionut Anghel, Ioan Salomie, Massimo Bertoncini
In this paper, we investigate the use of decentralized blockchain mechanisms for delivering transparent, secure, reliable, and timely energy flexibility, under the form of adaptation of energy demand profiles of Distributed Energy Prosumers, to all the stakeholders involved in the flexibility markets (Distribution System Operators primarily, retailers, aggregators, etc.). In our approach, a blockchain based distributed ledger stores in a tamper proof manner the energy prosumption information collected from Internet of Things smart metering devices, while self-enforcing smart contracts programmatically define the expected energy flexibility at the level of each prosumer, the associated rewards or penalties, and the rules for balancing the energy demand with the energy production at grid level...
January 9, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315008/clostridium-perfringens-contamination-in-retail-meat-and-meat-based-products-in-bursa-turkey
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Artun Yibar, Ece Cetin, Zafer Ata, Evren Erkose, Mustafa Tayar
This study examined the incidence of Clostridium perfringens in raw, ready-to-cook (RTC), and ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and meat-based products (N = 306) collected from restaurants, supermarkets, and butcher shops in Bursa, Turkey. In addition, we investigated the presence of the C. perfringens enterotoxin (CPE), as well as cpe genes and their source (chromosomal or plasmid borne). In this study, tryptose sulfite cycloserine (TSC) agar for classic culture isolation and API and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) techniques were used to identify C...
January 9, 2018: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313251/unintentional-and-sequential-lead-exposure-from-a-ceramic-mug-and-maca-lepidium-meyenii
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Kelly Johnson-Arbor, Kathy Vo, Flavia Wong, Ryszard Gajek
Although the incidence of lead poisoning has decreased in the USA over the last 30 years, human exposures to lead-containing products are still reported. We present a case of unintentional lead exposure from a store-bought ceramic mug and a nutritional supplement. A 32-year-old female was found to have a whole blood lead concentration of 44 μg/dL. Evaluation of her home, occupation, and hobbies initially did not identify a source of lead exposure. Further investigation revealed that the likely etiology of the exposure was lead leaching from a ceramic mug used by the patient to drink hot lemon water while she was pregnant...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311062/detection-of-mcr-1-gene-among-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-farmed-fish-and-characterization-of-mcr-1-bearing-incp-plasmids
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Luchao Lv, Yuping Cao, Peixin Yu, Raorao Huang, Jing Wang, Qiaoling Wen, Chanping Zhi, Qianhui Zhang, Jian-Hua Liu
The presence of mcr-1 gene in Escherichia coli isolated from retailed freshwater fish was investigated. Seven (3.65%) clonal unrelated grass carp original E. coli isolates were positive for mcr-1. mcr-1 genes were encoded by either chromosomes (n = 2) or conjugative plasmids (2 IncI2, 2 IncP, 1 IncX4). The IncP plasmids were similar to other mcr-1-harboring IncP plasmids from China, though the insertion sites varied. Our report warrants further surveillance of resistance genes in aquaculture.
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310543/cadmium-and-lead-in-cocoa-powder-and-chocolate-products-in-the-u-s-market
#9
Eileen Abt, Jennifer Fong Sam, Patrick Gray, Lauren Posnick Robin
Cocoa powder and chocolate products are known to sometimes contain cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) from environmental origins. A convenience sample of cocoa powder, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and cocoa nib products was purchased at retail in the U.S. and analyzed using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to assess Cd and Pb concentrations. Cd and Pb were evaluated in relation to the percent cocoa solids and to the reported origin of the cocoa powder and chocolate products. Cd ranged from 0.004-3.15 mg/kg and Pb ranged from <LOD-0...
January 8, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306177/the-law-on-the-streets-evaluating-the-impact-of-mexico-s-drug-decriminalization-reform-on-drug-possession-arrests-in-tijuana-mexico
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J Arredondo, T Gaines, S Manian, C Vilalta, A Bañuelos, S A Strathdee, L Beletsky
BACKGROUND: In 2009, Mexican Federal Government enacted "narcomenudeo" reforms decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs, delegating prosecution of retail drug sales to the state courts, and mandating treatment diversion for habitual drug users. There has been insufficient effort to formally assess the decriminalization policy's population-level impact, despite mounting interest in analagous reforms across the globe. METHODS: Using a dataset of municipal police incident reports, we examined patterns of drug possession, and violent and non-violent crime arrests between January 2009 and December 2014...
January 3, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303966/thyme-and-savory-essential-oil-vapor-treatments-control-brown-rot-and-improve-the-storage-quality-of-peaches-and-nectarines-but-could-favor-gray-mold
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Karin Santoro, Marco Maghenzani, Valentina Chiabrando, Pietro Bosio, Maria Lodovica Gullino, Davide Spadaro, Giovanna Giacalone
The effect of biofumigation, through slow-release diffusors, of thyme and savory essential oils (EO), was evaluated on the control of postharvest diseases and quality of peaches and nectarines. EO fumigation was effective in controlling postharvest rots. Naturally contaminated peaches and nectarines were exposed to EO vapors for 28 days at 0 °C in sealed storage cabinets and then exposed at 20 °C for five days during shelf-life in normal atmosphere, simulating retail conditions. Under low disease pressure, most treatments significantly reduced fruit rot incidence during shelf-life, while, under high disease pressure, only vapors of thyme essential oil at the highest concentration tested (10% v/v in the diffusor) significantly reduced the rots...
January 5, 2018: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300361/dynamic-impact-of-online-word-of-mouth-and-advertising-on-supply-chain-performance
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Jian Feng, Bin Liu
Cooperative (co-op) advertising investments benefit brand goodwill and further improve supply chain performance. Meanwhile, online word-of-mouth (OWOM) can also play an important role in supply chain performance. On the basis of co-op advertising, this paper considers a single supply chain structure led by a manufacturer and examines a fundamental issue concerning the impact of OWOM on supply chain performance. Firstly, by the method of differential game, this paper analyzes the dynamic impact of OWOM and advertising on supply chain performance (i...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29294829/the-neighborhood-level-association-between-alcohol-outlet-density-and-female-criminal-victimization-rates
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Aleksandra J Snowden, Sara Hockin, William Alex Pridemore
The aim of this study was to explore the neighborhood-level association between alcohol outlet density and non-intimate partner violent victimization rates among females. Violent offending and victimization are more prevalent for males than females, and most research on alcohol outlets and violence emphasizes males. Studies that do focus on alcohol outlets and female violent victimization tend to focus on intimate partner violence (IPV), yet non-IPV events are over three quarters of all female violent victimization incidents in the United States...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291194/the-evaluation-of-total-mercury-and-arsenic-in-skin-bleaching-creams-commonly-used-in-trinidad-and-tobago-and-their-potential-risk-to-the-people-of-the-caribbean
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Terry Mohammed, Elisabeth Mohammed, Shermel Bascombe
Background. Skin lightening is very popular among women and some men of the Caribbean, and its popularity appears to be growing. The lightening of skin colour is done to produce a lighter complexion which is believed to increase attractiveness, social standing and improves one's potential of being successful. Design and Methods. Fifteen (15) common skin lightening creams found in pharmacies and cosmetic retailers throughout Trinidad and Tobago were evaluated for Mercury by Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (CVAAS) and Arsenic by Hydride Generation Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (HGAAS)...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Public Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290339/encouraging-comprehensive-and-consistent-pharmacist-education-for-provision-of-contraception
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Lorinda Anderson, Laura M Borgelt, Paige Clark, Gina Moore
OBJECTIVES: To initiate a call to action for community pharmacists and key stakeholders to encourage comprehensive and consistent education and certification for contraception services, especially in states where laws have been enacted for pharmacist prescribing of hormonal contraceptives. DATE SOURCES: Websites for several boards of pharmacy that have implemented pharmacist training for contraceptive prescribing. SUMMARY: From the authors' perspective of helping to implement laws that allow pharmacist prescribing of contraception in Oregon and Colorado, lessons learned have shown that it is better to have 1 consistent resource for pharmacist certification for the following reasons: 1) Boards of pharmacy are able to ensure patient safety because all pharmacists are providing the same level of care to every patient; 2) retail chain pharmacies and pharmacy managers are assured that all their pharmacists, regardless of state, are trained in a similar and appropriate manner; and 3) pharmacists can be reimbursed through medical insurance for the patient encounter because payers are able to identify and credential pharmacists who pass an approved and accredited certification program...
January 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284549/the-dietary-impact-of-introducing-new-retailers-of-fruits-and-vegetables-into-a-community-results-from-a-systematic-review
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Rebecca C Woodruff, Ilana G Raskind, Diane M Harris, Julie A Gazmararian, Michael Kramer, Regine Haardörfer, Michelle C Kegler
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential dietary impact of the opening of new retailers of healthy foods. DESIGN: Systematic review of the peer-reviewed research literature. SETTING: References published before November 2015 were retrieved from MEDLINE, EMBASE and Web of Science databases using keyword searches. SUBJECTS: The outcome of the review was change in fruit and vegetable consumption among adults. RESULTS: Of 3514 references retrieved, ninety-two articles were reviewed in full text, and twenty-three articles representing fifteen studies were included...
December 29, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284205/pathogenic-and-phylogenetic-characteristics-of-non-o157-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-retail-meats-in-south-korea
#17
June Bong Lee, Dalmuri Han, Hyung Tae Lee, Seon Mi Wi, Jeong Hoon Park, Jeong Woo Jo, Young-Jae Cho, Tae-Wook Hahn, Sunjin Lee, Byunghak Kang, Hyo Sun Kwak, Jonghyun Kim, Jang Won Yoon
Herein, we report the pathogenic and phylogenetic characteristics of seven Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) isolates from 434 retail meats in Korea during 2006-2012. The experimental analyses revealed that all the isolates (i) were identified as non-O157 STEC, including O91:H14 (3 isolates), O121:H10 (2), O91:H21 (1), and O18:H20 (1), (ii) carried diverse Stx subtype genes (stx1, stx2c, stx2e, or stx1+stx2b) whose expression levels were varied strain by strain, and (iii) lacked the locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE) pathogenicity island, a major virulence factor of STEC, but possessed one or more alternative virulence genes encoding cytotoxins (Cdt and SubAB) and/or adhesins (Saa, Iha, and EcpA)...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282008/pricing-appraisal-of-anti-cancer-drugs-in-the-south-east-asian-western-pacific-and-east-mediterranean-region
#18
Shahrzad Salmasi, Kah Seng Lee, Long Chiau Ming, Chin Fen Neoh, Mahmoud E Elrggal, Zaheer-Ud- Din Babar, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Muhammad Abdul Hadi
BACKGROUND: Globally, cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality. High treatment cost, partly owing to higher prices of anti-cancer drugs, presents a significant burden on patients and healthcare systems. The aim of the present study was to survey and compare retail prices of anti-cancer drugs between high, middle and low income countries in the South-East Asia, Western Pacific and Eastern Mediterranean regions. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey design was used for the present study...
December 28, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280300/situation-analysis-of-procurement-and-production-of-multiple-micronutrient-supplements-in-12-lower-and-upper-middle-income-countries
#19
Eva C Monterrosa, Kalpana Beesabathuni, Kesso G van Zutphen, Georg Steiger, Roland Kupka, Alison Fleet, Klaus Kraemer
Globally, there are few vitamin and mineral ingredient manufacturers. To support local, in-country or regional procurement and production of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS), the following production scenarios are possible: (a) straight ingredients of vitamins and minerals forms imported or locally produced that are mixed, tableted, or encapsulated and packaged by a local manufacturer; (b) import or local production of a vitamin and minerals premix that is tableted or encapsulated and packaged locally; (c) import of a bulk, finished product (tablets or capsules) that is packaged and branded; and (d) or import of a branded packaged product...
December 26, 2017: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280153/methods-for-identification-and-differentiation-of-different-shewanella-spp-isolates-for-diagnostic-use
#20
V Jung-Schroers, A Jung, M Ryll, J Bauer, F Teitge, D Steinhagen
Shewanella spp. are Gram-negative, rod-shaped, motile bacteria that are widely distributed in marine and freshwater environments. The bacteria are present in the physiological microflora of fish from temperate waters and are known as fish spoilage species. From clinically healthy fish and from fish with skin ulcerations, Shewanella spp. is regularly isolated, indicating a possible role as fish pathogen. In this study, 74 isolates of Shewanella spp. were analysed. For species identification, biochemical techniques, 16S rRNA sequencing, MALDI-TOF MS and the Sherlock Microbial Identification System (MIS) based on the composition of fatty acid ethyl esters were compared...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
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