Special Issue "Pathogens on Fresh Produce: Detection and Reduction"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ana Allende
Guest Editor
Department of Food Science and Technology, CEBAS-CSIC, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: food safety; fruits and vegetables; pathogenic bacteria; risk factors; primary production; fresh-cut processing; emerging strategies; intervention strategies; irrigation water; viable but non-cultivable bacteria
Dr. Catherine Burgess
Guest Editor
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin, Ireland, D15 KN3K
Interests: pathogens; antimicrobial resistance; escherichia coli foodborne diseases; salmonella
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleague,

A large number of foodborne outbreaks have been linked to fresh produce, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, although the prevalence of pathogens in fresh produce is considered relatively low. Many risk factors during primary production and processing have been identified as potential contamination vectors affecting the safety of fresh produce. In many cases, direct pathogen screening is likely to be ineffective, and the use of indicators seems to be the most feasible option to determine the potential contamination of fresh produce with foodborne pathogens. Selection of intervention strategies, such as the use of antimicrobial treatments, is critical to reduce food safety risks. Additionally, well-established routine environmental monitoring programs are also needed to understand how different factors interact and affect the probability of contamination in different fresh produce processing facilities. This Special Issue is focused on current research addressing these critical questions with the aim to help the industry to avoid food safety issues.

Dr. Ana Allende
Dr. Catherine Burgess
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • food safety
  • fruits and vegetables
  • pathogenic bacteria
  • parasites
  • virus
  • risk factors
  • primary production
  • fresh-cut processing
  • intervention strategies
  • irrigation water
  • viable but non-cultivable bacteria

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

  1. Gloria Sánchez et al: Virus inactivation by commercial sanitizers in produce wash water
  2. Lucy Robertson et al: Removal and inactivation of parasites contaminating berries
  3. Yaguang Luo et al: Current challenges in the bacterial contamination of fresh-cut products
  4. Ana Allende et al: Meta-analysis of the Listeria monocytogenes in fresh fruits and vegetables: growth potential, kinetics and influencing factors
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