This research project developed a tool for identifying strains of campylobacter, this was used to help understand the sources of campylobacter food poisoning and how it is spread.
<p>The method of fluorescent amplified fragment length polymorphism (fAFLP) was used to fingerprint campylobacter strains from poultry, cattle, pigs, humans and meat on retail sale, to look for evidence of host-specificity or host-association.
In order to understand the sources of campylobacter food poisoning and how it is spread, we need good epidemiological tools.
<p>We have therefore funded the development of the fingerprinting technique fluorescent amplified fragment length polymorphism (fAFLP) and applied it to campylobacter as an identification method.
<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/" target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.