Special Issue "Transmission and Detection of Food and Environmental Pathogens"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: food and environmental virology; transmission of pathogens; detection; food safety
To progress towards a full comprehension of the risk caused by pathogenic microorganisms transmitted via food and water, comprehensive information on the prevalence, the mechanisms of contamination, and the survival of pathogens is required. At present, our knowledge is incomplete, particularly for viruses and protozoan parasites. As long as such knowledge gaps exist, it will be difficult to devise effective systems to reduce contamination and to formulate procedural control measures such as implementation of food safety criteria.
International standard methods exist for a range of bacterial pathogens, and recently methods for the detection of foodborne viruses and protozoan parasites have been published. Their effective deployment will assist the elucidation of how food and environmental sources become contaminated, and the extent of contamination. Further advances are necessary, however. For example, methods based on nucleic acid amplification do not provide unambiguous information on the viability or infectivity of a target microorganism, and new approaches may be required, which will still need to be compatible with the incorporation of the controls necessary to ensure the full reliability of results.
This Special Issue will present information on the latest research into the prevalence, transmission routes, and advanced methods of the detection of food and environmentally transmitted microbial pathogens.
Dr. Nigel Cook
Manuscript Submission Information
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- food safety