Raw food facts

If you plan to holiday in Greece this year, then sampling the local feta cheese made from raw (unpasteurized) milk while eating food from street vendors could help reduce your chances of food poisoning. Speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting in Edinburgh April 2, Panagiotis Chanos, a researcher at the University of Lincoln, England, explains how lactic acid bacteria found in raw sheep's milk farmed in Macedonia, northern Greece produce a range of antibiotic natural products that kill other bacteria, such as listeria. The researchers suggest that such bacteria might be used to reduce reliance on synthetic food preservatives.