Using genomics to understand identity and risk of Pseudomonas, Burkholderia & Enterobacteriaceae bacteria

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26th May @ 2pm – 3pm (BST)

Contributors: Laura Rushton and Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics Group, Organisms and Environment Division, School of Bioscience, Cardiff University; Stuart Campbell-Lee, Research Microbiologist, Unilever Research and Development, Port Sunlight

Overview: The global manufacturer of non-sterile industrial products is dependent on the use of a limited number of antimicrobial preservatives to prevent microbial spoilage. Microbial contamination is costly for manufacturers and poses a risk for product consumers if the contaminating species are Gram-negative bacterial pathogens with high antimicrobial resistance (AMR). With reduced use of toxic preservatives to protect the environment, consumer pressure to use natural agents or less effective milder preservatives, and the urgent need to reduce single-use plastics, the biotechnological landscape of the Home, Beauty and Personal Care (HBPC) industry is undergoing rapid change.

The presentation will:

  • Discuss changing preservation landscape, in response to safety, regulatory and PR pressures.
  • Additional pressures from sustainability commitments driving new innovation trends.
  • Overview the analysis of European Union recall data (Safety Gate database) which highlights accurate contaminant identification as a key surveillance knowledge gap.
  • Highlight key risk issues in relation to the identification of contaminants Pseudomonas, Burkholderia and Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.
  • Use an interactive discussion to understand the range of technologies the manufacturing community uses to identify and survey contaminating bacteria.

Led by: Eshwar Mahenthiralingam – Professor of Molecular Microbiology Organisms and Environment Division, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University and Stuart Campbell-Lee – Research Microbiologist, Unilever and Laura Rushton – Industrial Research Fellow, Cardiff University

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