A Study Conducted at University of Helsinki indicates that Bacteriophages Could be Employed to Eliminate Pathogens

Professor Mikael Skurnik from the University of Helsinki has studied bacteriophages, in cooperation with researchers at the Seoul National University in South Korea; they investigated the possibility of utilizing phages for the eradication of foodborne pathogens and preventing food poisoning. Their first focus was Yersinia enterocolitica. Contaminated foods were subject to phage treatment, after which the number of both bacteria and phages was monitored for three days. "Phage treatment was effective in inhibiting bacterial growth in food, while the number of phages in the food grew, indicating that phages infect bacteria and grow in them also when refrigerated," says Skurnik.@ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180220143437.htm?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202018-02-21%20Food%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:14137%5D&utm_term=Food%20Dive" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180220143437.htm?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202018-02-21%20Food%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:14137%5D&utm_term=Food%20Dive
Bacteria-eaters to prevent food poisoning? Phages eliminate Yersinia from food

Bacteria-killing viruses could be employed not just in health care, but also in the food industry, a new study shows. The researchers have been investigating the possibility of utilizing phages in eradicating food-borne pathogens and preventing food poisoning.

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