Microbiological Analysis of Red Meat, Poultry and Eggs

Edited by

  • G Mead, formerly Royal Veterinary College, UK

Red meat, poultry and eggs are, or have been, major global causes of foodborne disease in humans and are also prone to microbiological growth and spoilage. Consequently, monitoring the safety and quality of these products remains a primary concern. Microbiological analysis is an established tool in controlling the safety and quality of foods. Recent advances in preventative and risk-based approaches to food safety control have reinforced the role of microbiological testing of foods in food safety management.

In a series of chapters written by international experts, the key aspects of microbiological analysis, such as sampling methods, use of faecal indicators, current approaches to testing of foods, detection and enumeration of pathogens and microbial identification techniques, are described and discussed. Attention is also given to the validation of analytical methods and Quality Assurance in the laboratory. Because of their present importance to the food industry, additional chapters on current and developing legislation in the European Union and the significance of Escherichia coli 0157 and other VTEC are included.

Written by a team of international experts, Microbiological analysis of red meat, poultry and eggs is certain to become a standard reference in the important area of food microbiology.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2006
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-059-5


Written by a team of international experts, the book discusses key aspects of microbiological analysis., Food and Beverage Magazine
…a useful text for libraries in those institutions teaching food science/technology and an essential purchase for anyone directly concerned with red meat, poultry or egg microbiology either in production/processing or in regulation. …well produced wth a good index., Read and Digest
This volume rises in value because special attention is given to both the validation of the analytical methods and quality assurance in the laboratory., Advances in Food Science

Table of Contents

Microbiological testing in food safety and quality management; Legislation for red meat, poultry and eggs: Which way forward? Escherichia coli 0157 and other VTEC in the meat industry; Faecal indicator organisms for red meat and poultry; Spoilage organisms of red meat and poultry; Sampling of red meat; Sampling methods for poultry-meat products; Microbiological monitoring of cleaning and disinfection in food plants; Microbiological analysis of eggs and egg products; Detection and enumeration of pathogens in meat, poultry and egg products; Techniques for identifying foodborne microorganisms; Validation of analytical methods used in food microbiology; Quality assurance in the food microbiology laboratory.