Statistical Aspects of the Microbiological Examination of Foods

2nd Edition

Authors: Basil Jarvis Basil Jarvis
Paperback ISBN: 9780444530394
eBook ISBN: 9780080559377
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2008
Page Count: 336
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For many biologists, statistics are an anathema; but statistical analysis of quantitative and qualitative data is of considerable importance. Although spreadsheet software provides a diverse range of statistical tools, users are usually unsure which technique should be used. This book provides the basic statistical theory and practice to understand the types of tests frequently needed for the assessment of microbiological data. No prior knowledge of statistical techniques is required. Even when data can be given to a professional statistician for analysis, the microbiologist needs to have at least a general understanding of the underlying basis of statistical procedures in order to communicate effectively with the statistician. The book contains many worked examples to illustrate the use of the techniques and provides a plethora of references both to standard statistical works and to relevant original scientific papers on food microbiology.

Key Features

  • Basil Jarvis has had many years of experience in academic, research and industrial food microbiology and is a Past President of the Society for Applied Microbiology. He has published several edited books and more than 200 scientific articles concerned with food microbiology
  • NEW to this edition - chapters on Measurement Uncertainty in Microbiology, Statistical Process Control, Food Safety Objectives, Risk Assessment and Microbiological Criteria and a chapter on Validation of Microbiological Methods by Dr Sharon Brunelle, AOAC consultant
  • Includes additional figures and tables together with many worked examples to illustrate the use of specific procedures in the analysis of data obtained in the microbiological examination of foods

Readership

Microbiologists, food microbiologists, applied microbiologists, food scientists, food technologists, official analysts, environmental health officers.

Table of Contents

LIST OF TABLES

LIST OF FIGURES

LIST OF EXAMPLES

PREFACE

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION

Chapter 2: SOME BASIC STATISTICAL CONCEPTS

POPULATIONS

LOTS AND SAMPLES

AVERAGE SAMPLE POPULATIONS

STATISTICS AND PARAMETERS

VARIANCE AND ERROR

THE CENTRAL LIMIT THEOREM

Chapter 3: FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS

TYPES OF FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION

STATISTICAL PROBABILITY

THE BINOMIAL DISTRIBUTION (σ2 < μ)

THE NORMAL DISTRIBUTION

THE POISSON DISTRIBUTION (σ2 = μ)

THE NEGATIVE BINOMIAL DISTRIBUTION (σ2 > μ)

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS

TRANSFORMATIONS

Chapter 4: THE DISTRIBUTION OF MICROORGANISMS IN FOODS IN RELATION TO SAMPLING

RANDOM DISTRIBUTION

REGULAR DISTRIBUTION

CONTAGIOUS (HETEROGENEOUS) DISTRIBUTIONS

EFFECTS OF SAMPLE SIZE

Chapter 5: STATISTICAL ASPECTS OF SAMPLING FOR MICROBIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

ATTRIBUTES AND VARIABLES SAMPLING

BINOMIAL AND TRINOMIAL DISTRIBUTIONS

ACCURACY OF THE SAMPLE ESTIMATE

ACCEPTANCE SAMPLING BY ATTRIBUTES

ACCEPTANCE SAMPLING BY VARIABLES

Chapter 6: ERRORS IN THE PREPARATION OF LABORATORY SAMPLES FOR ANALYSIS

LABORATORY SAMPLING ERRORS

DILUENT VOLUME ERRORS

PIPETTE VOLUME ERRORS

OTHER SOURCES OF ERROR

CALCULATION OF THE RELATIVE DILUTION ERROR

EFFECTS OF GROSS DILUTION SERIES ERRORS ON THE DERIVED COLONY COUNT

Chapter 7: ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH COLONY COUNT PROCEDURES

SPECIFIC TECHNICAL ERRORS

PIPETTING AND DISTRIBUTION ERRORS

LIMITING PRECISION AND CONFIDENCE LIMITS OF THE COLONY COUNT

GENERAL TECHNICAL ERRORS

COMPARABILITY OF COLONY COUNT METHODS

OVERALL ERROR OF COLONY COUNT METHODS

Chapter 8: ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH QUANTAL RESPONSE METHODS

DILUTION SERIE

Details

No. of pages:
336
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080559377
Paperback ISBN:
9780444530394

About the Author

Basil Jarvis

Prof. Basil Jarvis has held various academic and senior industrial research positions throughout his career as a food microbiologist. His work has taken him to many countries outside the UK including the USA, Scandinavia and South Africa. He has published widely on food quality and safety, including inhibition of microbes in food systems, microbial toxins in foods, rapid microbiological methods, and statistical aspects of food microbiology. For almost 40 years he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading and for 20 years was an Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Surrey, where he established a WHO-sponsored graduate course in Food Microbiology for medical and veterinary practitioners. He has served on numerous official advisory groups, including the statistics group of the AOAC Presidential Taskforce on ‘Best Practices in Microbiological Methods’. He is also a member of the ISO working group on Microbiological Statistics. He is a Past President and Honorary Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Institute for Food Science and Technology. Although now retired, he retains his interests in teaching students and considers statistics to be a relaxing hobby, especially when accompanied by a glass of fine wine!

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, The University of Reading, UK

Basil Jarvis

Prof. Basil Jarvis has held various academic and senior industrial research positions throughout his career as a food microbiologist. His work has taken him to many countries outside the UK including the USA, Scandinavia and South Africa. He has published widely on food quality and safety, including inhibition of microbes in food systems, microbial toxins in foods, rapid microbiological methods, and statistical aspects of food microbiology. For almost 40 years he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading and for 20 years was an Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Surrey, where he established a WHO-sponsored graduate course in Food Microbiology for medical and veterinary practitioners. He has served on numerous official advisory groups, including the statistics group of the AOAC Presidential Taskforce on ‘Best Practices in Microbiological Methods’. He is also a member of the ISO working group on Microbiological Statistics. He is a Past President and Honorary Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Institute for Food Science and Technology. Although now retired, he retains his interests in teaching students and considers statistics to be a relaxing hobby, especially when accompanied by a glass of fine wine!

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, The University of Reading, UK

Reviews

For many biologists, statistics are an anathema; but statistical analysis of quantitative and qualitative data is of considerable importance. Although spreadsheet software provides a diverse range of statistical tools, users are usually unsure which technique should be used. This book provides the basic statistical theory and practice to understand the types of tests frequently needed for the assessment of microbiological data. No prior knowledge of statistical techniques is required. Even when data can be given to a professional statistician for analysis, the microbiologist needs to have at least a general understanding of the underlying basis of statistical procedures in order to communicate effectively with the statistician. The book contains many worked examples to illustrate the use of the techniques and provides a plethora of references both to standard statistical works and to relevant original scientific papers on food microbiology.