Biological hazard research

Find project reports associated with microbial hazards that are the primary cause of foodborne illness.

Biological causes of foodborne illness

Biological hazards, usually microbiological, are the predominant causes of foodborne illness. Projects described in this section encompass the following:

  • reservoir and source attribution
  • analytical and molecular typing methods
  • baseline food and environmental surveys
  • growth and inactivation kinetics
  • predictive microbiological models
  • development and evaluation of control measures
  • assessment of risk for biological hazards.

Antimicrobial resistance

MPI and other stakeholders are developing a national action plan to address antimicrobial resistance. Find out about the action plan and read background research and discussion papers:

Biological hazard research

Browse project reports relating to CampylobacterSalmonellaListeria, E. coli (STEC), foodborne viruses, and other bacterial micro-organisms. 

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Growth of microorganisms in raw milk: Evaluating the effect of chiller failure - Report
Report
Safety profile of extended shelf life refrigerated milk - Technical report
Technical paper
Crop and food research confidential report No. 2008
Report
Scoping a New Zealand antimicrobial resistance surveillance programme in food
Report
Risk Profile: Yersinia Enterocolitica in pork
Report
Risk Profile: Mycobacterium Bovis in red meat
Report
Risk profile: Salmonella (non-typhoidal) in pork and pork products
Report
Risk profile: Cryptosporidium spp in shellfish
Report
Risk profile: Clostridium botulinum in honey
Information paper
Risk profile: Ciguatoxins in seafood
Report
Risk profile - Bacillus spp in rice
Report
Mycobacterium paratuberculosis - A public health issue? - January 2006
Information paper
Defining "Short shelf life" foods with respect to risk from Listeria monocytogenes - Final report September 2010
Report
Very low prevalence of Clostridium Botulinum in New Zealand marine sediments - Science research February 2008
Report
Microbiological assessment of through-wool trotter removal of ovine carcasses
Technical paper
A survey of commercially harvested North Island oysters for Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus - March 2011
Technical paper
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