The results of twenty years of experiments into the behaviour of bacteria in foods are now freely available on the internet. In an international collaboration between the Food Standards Agency, Institute of Food Research and US Department of Agriculture, the database will help food safety and quality to be predicted quickly and free of charge.
“The behaviour of food poisoning pathogens and spoilage organisms has been intensely studied since the early 1980s in response to major food poisoning outbreaks. This has resulted in a huge volume of data on bacterial growth, survival and death under various food-relevant conditions”, says Dr Jozsef Baranyi, Head of Computational Microbiology at the Institute of Food Research.
The new common database, called ComBase, already contains around 20,000 growth and survival curves and 8,000 records containing growth rates. For example, tests at IFR have shown that E. coli O157 survives extraordinarily well, even in acid conditions.
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