Special Issue "Persistent and Emerging Issues in the Safety of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2015) | Viewed by 20544
Interests: food microbiology; safety of horticultural products; viable but non culturable state in human pathogens; effects of stress on human pathogens (Salmonella; STEC)
Reports from international public health authorities indicate that infections attributed to the consumption of fresh produce contribute significantly to the global burden of foodborne disease. There are also concerns that expansion in trade, increasing supply chain complexity, changes in production systems or shifts in the geographic distribution of pathogens due to climate change could favor the emergence or re-emergence of infectious bacterial, viral or parasitic species that may contaminate fresh fruits and vegetables. Information on the origin, prevalence, characteristics and fate of such pathogens during the production, processing, storage and distribution of fresh produce is therefore needed to mitigate current and anticipated threats to food safety. While considerable research has been devoted to the examination of issues consequent to contamination with enteric bacterial pathogens, important gaps in knowledge remain. In addition, the on-going scarcity of scientific information about viral and parasitic foodborne pathogens and their behavior in fresh fruits and vegetables hinders efforts to assess the implied risks and the development of effective interventions.
Prof. Dr. Pascal Delaquis
Dr. Susan Bach
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- fresh produce
- microbial risk assessment
- public health