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EFSA Technical Specifications for the pilot collection of molecular typing data

 This is to bring to your attention that the Technical Report ”Technical specifications for the pilot on the collection of data on molecular testing of food-borne pathogens from food, feed and animal sample” has been published and is available on the EFSA website.

The technical report addresses the technical aspects for the design of the database of molecular typing data for strains of foodborne pathogens, including VTEC, isolated from animal and food sources, which is going to be implemented by EFSA.

The related document is also accessible through the Documents section of the EU-RL website.

Published 01-30-2015 in Focus on , last update 01-31-2015 More...

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EFSA - EXTERNAL SCIENTIFIC REPORT on the molecular typing of VTEC

 This is to bring to your attention that the EFSA External Scientific Report ”Molecular typing of VTEC strains isolated from food, feed and animals: state of play and standard operating procedures for PFGE typing, profiles interpretation and curation” has been published and is available on the EFSA website.

This scientific report has been prepared by the EU-RL in view of the beginning of the collection of molecular typing data on VTEC strains isolated from animal and food sources, which is going to be implemented by EFSA.

The related document is also accessible through the Documents section of the EU-RL website.

Published 01-30-2015 in Focus on , last update 01-31-2015 More...

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USDA policy to fight E. coli - UPDATE

This is to bring to your attention that the following USDA document:
Detection and Isolation of non-O157 STEC from Meat Products (Method) and (Flow Chart)
has been updated on the USDA web site with Detection and Isolation of non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) from Meat Products and Carcass and Environmental Sponges last June 2014.

The related document is also accessible through the Documents section of the EU-RL website.

Published 01-30-2015 in Focus on , last update 01-30-2015 More...

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3rd Congress of the European Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (EAVLD)

 EAVLD and the Italian Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (SIDiLV) are happy to announce, that the

"3rd Congress of the European Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (EAVLD)"

will be held from 12 to 15 October, 2014, in Pisa, Italy.

The EAVLD Congress on veterinary diagnostics takes place every two years. The first edition was held in 2010 in Lelystad, the Netherlands, and the second in 2012 in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland.
Both editions have shown that there is a need to present and discuss the development and use of veterinary diagnostic tools on a European level. Over the last decade, technological developments have given a huge boost to the possibilities in diagnostics in general,...

Published 05-15-2014 in Focus on , last update 01-30-2015 More...

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Sprout-associated outbreak of VTEC O121 infection in USA

This is to bring to your attention a multistate outbreak of infections with VTEC O121 occurred in the United States and linked to the consumption of clover sprouts.
According to CDC and FDA, 10 cases of VTEC O121 infection have occurred in Idaho and Washington states. Five were hospitalized, but none developed HUS. Epidemiologic investigations indicated a link to eating raw clover sprouts, and a traceback investigation indicated a particular brand as the likely source of this outbreak.
This episode confirms the importance of sprouts as a possible source of VTEC infections, that in 2013 prompted the EC to emanate a set of...

Published 06-10-2014 in Focus on , last update 06-10-2014 More...

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