Danish researchers find natural way of combating Listeria  

A common lactic acid bacterium which combats hazardous Listeria will be mass produced by Chr. Hansen

Danish researchers have found a common species of lactic acid bacterium which effectively combats hazardous Listeria bacteria in meat. The lactic acid bug was originally found by researchers from the Abattoirs Research Institute and the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. The Danish food ingredient giant Chr. Hansen has via its technological know-how put the micro-organism into production and will now market and sell it on a global scale.


According to the research manager of Chr. Hansen the lactic acid bacterium already exists in meat. What the company aims to do, in layman's terms, is to increase the numbers of good bacteria and decrease the numbers of bad. Up to now manufacturers have been forced to use additives or extra salt in meat as a way to combat Listeria, but with the natural bacteria approach the overall result should mean less chemical substances added to meat. The news is reported by Yahoo.dk and national broadsheet Berlingske Tidende.

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