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Dangerous stowaways: An EU project to look at the international spread of germs on food
Date:3/16/2012

ediately. Which bacteria the food contains and how dangerous they could have been has to date been examined only rarely.

The goal: EU-wide standards

As Wagner explains, the PROMISE project has two main goals. "We would like to make a survey of germs brought in together with food and we also plan to investigate the potential the bacteria have for causing disease." In addition, the project will pool data from throughout Europe to enable an accurate assessment of the risks posed by contaminated food of animal origin and will build up an extensive database of bacterial isolates identified in the course of the work. The new project also aims at improving communications with authorities responsible for risk management in new EU member states and in candidate countries.


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Contact: Martin Wagner
martin.wagner@vetmeduni.ac.at
43-125-077-3500
University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna
Source:Eurekalert

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