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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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Published: 31 May 2018

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture has contributed to the development of the world’s largest publically available database of quantitative food safety data – ComBase.

ComBase is a joint initiative of the University of Tasmania, through the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. TIA’s involvement in this initiative is led by Professor in Food Microbiology, Mark Tamplin.

It has become the world’s largest publically available database of quantitative food safety data and has more than 40,000 clients around the world, including food companies and researchers. It is helping to reduce the risk of foodborne illness and food waste.

Break out quote: It is estimated that the food industry saves £1million every hour by using ComBase (UK BBSRC – past funder of ComBase).

The database has more than 65,000 records describing the behaviour of pathogens and spoilage organisms in diverse food environments. It is being used to produce and validate predictive models and risk assessments, to manage food processes and supply chains by leading food companies around the world.

ComBase is highly relevant as global food trade shifts from prescriptive to data-driven science-based food regulatory policies.

CB Premium, a user-friendly, updated version of ComBase will be launched mid-2018.