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Scientists have found an ancient Welsh recipe could help fight food poisoning...

A 16th century Welsh drink has been found to contain antibacterial properties that could help fight food poisoning.

Scientists at Cardiff University hope to create a "super mead" using a mixture of herbs that can tackle salmonella.

Watch the report from Mike Griffiths below:

We're actually running out of antibiotics now, so it's imperative that we identify new products that are active against these bacteria, especially the likes of salmonella and e-coli which are causing problems all over the country and indeed the world...

– Dr James Blaxland, Cardiff University

The scientists have been trying to work out how to make a so-called 'super honey'.

They've found with a mix of herbs that together can fight bacteria like salmonella.

Back in the sixteenth century, there was a Welsh drink called metheglin. Metheglin translates into 'healing liquor'.

Basically, it's mead... alcoholic mead that we drink... combined with medicinal herbs.

What we are trying to do is identify those medicinal herbs that we could add to the mead to make a drink that was antibacterial.

– Prof Les Baillie, Cardiff University
Mead is an alcoholic drink made by fermenting honey with water

They hope combining Welsh history with science being done in Wales could lead to new and effective drugs.

We've used modern science and modern techniques to actually identify the herbs, which have medicinal properties, test them in a laboratory, confirm that they actually do what they say on the tin.

– Prof Les Baillie, Cardiff University
The formula is secret

The scientists say the formula could be added to a mead, gin, tea or other non-alcoholic drink.

The exact recipe is a secret, but the team hope it's not long before it's more widely available...