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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 4.9.13

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Mutation That Increases Listeria Survival Identified

Could be a “double-edged sword,” researcher suggests

A single-point mutation newly identified in the genome of Listeria monocytogenes increases the pathogen’s ability to withstand temperature-related and osmotic stress, researchers in Ireland reported. The same group also described a previously unidentified twisting of L. monocytogenes cells into a corkscrew shape in response to increased stresses.

Pest Threats: Keeping the Enemy Out

Processing facilities must be more vigilant about preventing pests from adulterating the food supply

If facility managers are going to be successful in their battle against pests, not only do they need to be aware of proper prevention and detection techniques, but most importantly, they must know their enemy. Here are the most common pests found in and around food processing plants.

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