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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A microbiological survey of seed sprouts (and shoots) available in New Zealand

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Methods for virus detection in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods

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A baseline survey of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from selected New Zealand foods, 2009 - 2010

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A review of the use of water and natural fertilisers during the growing, harvesting and packing of horticultural produce

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A survey of commercially harvested North Island oysters for Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus - March 2011

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A systematic review of the aetiology of human campylobacteriosis in New Zealand

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A systematic review of the human disease evidence associated with the consumption of raw milk and raw milk cheeses

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Aeromonas

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An assessment of available information on raw milk cheeses and human disease 2000–2010

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An assessment of the effects of pasteurisation on claimed nutrition and health benefits of raw milk

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An outbreak of hepatitis A associated with consumption of raw blueberries

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Arcobacter

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Assessment of the microbiological risks associated with the consumption of raw milk

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Attribution of potentially foodborne enteric diseases: Human salmonellosis (Scientific interpretive summary)

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