According to the UK Food Safety Research Network by Quadram Institute, six food safety projects will get fundings of £30,000 to £62,000 (roughly $36,544 USD to $73,089 USD).

Academic scientist are working together with companies or government agencies in order to solve familiar problems with food safety. One of the six projects concentrates on food safety of raw pet food.

In order to guard UK citizen from illnesses and food poisoning, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) organized The UK Food Safety Network last year. Different food industries, scientists and policymaker are brought together to face these issues.

Since pet parents assume non-proccessed food to be healthier, raw pet foods have become more and more popular in the UK. In order to minimize Salmonella in raw pet foods, scientists have used bacteriophages in the project.

Rob Kingsely, a professor at Quadram Institute, works on the raw pet food project and plans to cooperate raw pet food manufacturer using funds from the network. He aims to use these bacteriophages which are natural killers of bacteria to decrease Salmonella and make pet food healthier. If this method suceeds, it may be used in other food products.

“We’re delighted to be able to support these highly innovative projects and get them off the ground,” said group leader and network director at Quadram Institute, Matt Gilmour. “As well as ensuring consumers have the safest possible food choices, these projects also support sustainable economic growth and we look forward to seeing the technology they develop being deployed in the next few years.”

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