Special Issue "Microbial Food Safety in Agri-Food Processes and Storage"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Deog-Hwan Oh
Guest Editor
Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, College of Agriculture and Life Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea
Interests: food microbiology; food safety; biotechnology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable farming activities require more logistics players and produce a larger number of storage, shipping, and logistics problems before products reach customers. This growing uncertainty in food production chains generates additional points at which crops, animals, and marine species can be contaminated with microorganisms. Managing Food Safety Threats in agri-Food Industries examines current and evolving threats in primary agri based food sectors and explores ways to tackle, mitigate or avoid these risks.

After a brief introduction, the Special Issue discusses the advantages and drawbacks of different food chain risk management methods. The Special Issue covers three primary production sectors: crops, terrestrial agriculture, and sustainable agriculture products. The Special Issue discusses the current and emerging food safety threats, challenges, and intervention strategies in each market. It focuses on contaminant and natural or artificial chemical risks that can cross-contaminate or bioaccumulate at the farm level.

The Special Issue discusses crops in relation to microbiological toxins, food health threats, preventive measures, and food-borne epidemics. It addresses Listeria, Campylobacter, and Salmonella infection in the crop industry and the prevalence of, risk factors for, and approaches to intervention into Salmonella in agro-food. The Special Issue also covers microbial and ecological pollutants that may be caught in organic farming. In addition, the Special Issue provides a discussion on how consumers and agri-food stakeholders view risk and how best to convey this risk to the public.

Prof. Dr. Deog-Hwan Oh
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • risk assessment
  • managing risks in the horticultural sector
  • risks associated with fresh produce
  • sources of produce contamination at the farm level
  • dimensions of risk perception
  • prevention and intervention strategies
  • case studies of breakdown in fresh produce farms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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