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Scientific news about the fishing sector, fish and their parasites, 2013-09-03

PhD studentship on "Integrating fisheries biology, economics and risk assessment to tackle the problem of parasites in the fish supply chain" (EN)

An opportunity has arisen for a multidisciplinary PhD studentship within the framework of the EU PARASITE project (WP8). The PhD proposal is configured as a collaboration between Aberdeen University and MSS, and the work will involve:

  • Pre-assessment (understanding the framing and selection rules employed to study this particular risk).
  • Providing support for identification of parasites in fish obtained from around the UK. This will lead to statistical models of parasite burdens in fish and potential exposure to consumers.
  • Development of a spread-sheet based quantitative risk assessment utilising data from both questionnaires and fisheries surveys.
  • Determining by questionnaire both the concerns and tolerability of the risk.
  • Utilise information obtained from other partners in the project on the efficacy, practicality and cost of interventions.
  • Prepare and analyse a questionnaire on the “willingness to pay” for reduction of the risk

The student will be required to liaise with European partners as appropriate, be keen to develop skills in a number of different areas and be willing to work with a range of scientific disciplines, the public and industry.

Deadline for applications: 06 September 2013


Rai.TV World, 2013-08-24

Parassita del pesce crudo -Fishborne parasites (IT)

The Italian TV-Rai 1 recently shared a video on fishborne parasites. It is a disseminating report that lasts 7 minutes and explains briefly parasites biology, modes of infection and the most effective ways to prevent it. It counts with participation of Edoardo Pozio, researcher at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.


Food Navigator, 2013-08-19

Researchers weigh the costs and benefits of food risk communication (EN)

Free movement of food ingredients in Europe raises food safety challenges for manufacturers – so what is the best way to avoid foodborne illness outbreaks and communicate risk with consumers?

A team of German researchers hopes to identify effective strategies to deal with foodborne pathogens with minimum impact on national economies in the course of a new three-year project, which started last month. The Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR) is coordinating the project, dubbed "Zoonoses and Food Safety along Global Supply Chains" (ZooGloW), as part of a government safety research programme.


Europa Press, 2013-08-03

Doctor from Toledo Hospital releases a book with frequently asked questions about allergy (ES)

The chief of the Allergology Service of Toledo Hospital (Spain), Dr. Carlos Senent, has published the book 'Clearing doubts about Allergology', addressed to general practitioners to answer, from his broad clinical experience, to the most frequently asked questions arising in this speciality

This work (...) includes questions and answers about immunology and allergy, asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, urticaria, atopic and contact dermatitis, and food, drug, Anisakis or latex allergy...


Viandas del Mar de Cádiz, 2013-05-02

New studies highlight the benefits of fish consumption (ES)

Un estudio español señala que una alimentación equilibrada en la que se incluyan tres raciones semanales de pescado, aceite de oliva y frutos secos, reduce el riesgo de desarrollar una enfermedad cardiovascular.

Un estudio publicado en The New England Journal of Medicine indica que una dieta equilibrada es capaz de reducir el riesgo de padecer enfermedades cardiovasculares y, específicamente, disminuye en un 49% la posibilidad de sufrir un ictus o accidente vascular celebral.