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Special Issue "Food Safety Pertinent to Fresh Produce"
A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).
Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Food Environmental Toxicology Laboratory, University of Florida, 3025 McCarty Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Interests: food pathogens; bell pepper; Lactuca sativa; microbial safety; organic produce; hydroponic; antimicrobial, and culinary herbs
South West Florida Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, State Road 29 N, Immokalee, FL 34142, USA
Interests: vegetable production; soil fertility; fertilizer nutrient use efficiency; compost utilization
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Fresh produce safety is a complex subject. In general, fresh produce safety is related to microbial and chemical contaminations and the levels of contaminations depend on the environmental factors such as soil, water, cultural practices (i.e. hydroponic, field grown, protected agriculture), handling and processing as well as others. Types and edible parts of fresh produce can also impact food safety. To further complicate the issue, different regions of the world may not perceive produce safety issue in the same maners due to lack of data and resources. In a more developed regions of the world such as the European Union, and U.S.A. where epedimiological data is well developed and tracking of food safety data is more advanced, the food safety standards, requirements, and regulations tend to be more structured, but may not be uniform. For example, tn the U.S.A. illnesses related to fresh produce are well documented and theirefore produce safety is considered one of the significant public health issues. The majority of fresh produce related illnesses in the US are due to microbial contamination; this result in highten fresh produce safety standard from production to consumption. In EU, fresh produce safety is part of the integrateted plant program include many issues such as GMO, fresh produce safety and climate changes. In the rest of the world such as Asia and Africa, the situation may be different. In lights of global marketing and suply chain, it is scientifically important to explore many facets of fresh produce safety in order to address such complex issues globally.
The objectives of this Special Issues on food safety pertinent to fresh produce are to solicit research data related to fresh produce safety from production to consumption from around the world. The information may include, but not limit to:
Fresh produce safety (i.e. chemical and microbial contamiation) as related to production regiemes; Effects of regional microbiome and soil amendment techniques to microbial and chemical safety; Water safety and quality standard that affect fresh produce safety; Emerging processing techniques that affect fresh produce safety; Effects of food safety regulations and implementation on fresh produce safety;
Best practices to improve produce safety; Prevalent and distribution of microbial or chemical contamination in fresh produce.
Prof. Dr. Amarat Simonne
Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton
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. Horticulturae is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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 1000 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.
- food safety
- fresh produce
- microbial safety of fresh produce
- enteric pathogens
- produce colonization
- organic produce
- conventional produce
- chemical contamination
- fresh produce sanitation
- fresh produce processing
- produce safety standards
- fresh produce safety regulation