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Projects and activities | 12 June 2019

Safe dairy – Health hazards caused by bacteria in traditional African fermented dairy products: Food safety and epidemiology

This project aims to investigate health risk of Streptococcus infantarius subsp. infantarius (Sii) isolated in African FDP by comparing with Sii strains isolated from infections to elucidate a possible epidemiologic link. The project is carried out in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire. Epidemiologic data will be obtained through case-control study in regional hospitals in combination with the isolation of clinical Sii and Streptococcus bovis/Streptococcus equinus complex (SBSEC) strains. Isolates will be genotypically characterized and screened for relevant pathogenic factors. The project also aims to contribute to develop adapted technologies (e.g. starter culture, milk pretreatment) to enhance the quality and safety of traditional fermented dairy products (FDPs), and especially fermented weaning food for infants.

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