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Welsh ‘super mead' could prevent food poisoning

09 May 2016 by
Welsh ‘super mead' could prevent food poisoning

A Welsh "super mead" is reportedly being developed which could protect drinkers from the menace of food poisoning at the late-night takeaway.

According to the BBC, Cardiff University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals plans to add medicinal salmonella-killing herbs to the fermented honey drink, based on a 16th century Welsh drink called metheglin.

"You can see this would sell very well to students," said the university's Professor Les Baillie in the report. "Perhaps you could protect them from the kebab the morning after."

Dr James Blaxland, who has led the work, tested more than 50 different plants extracts and hops against a range of bacteria, including salmonella.

"The idea is that we produce a mead with high levels of the compounds which are active against salmonella, and, if people drink enough of our mead on a Saturday night, they might not get ill."

Cardiff University's team said the idea was sparked by Scandinavian scientists who are trying to develop mead which could help in the battle against antibiotic resistance.

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