Description

Understanding the causes and contributing factors leading to outbreaks of food-borne illness associated with contamination of fresh produce continues to be a worldwide challenge for everyone from the growers of fresh-cut produce through the entire production and delivery process. Additionally researchers both at universities and in government agencies are facing an increased challenge to develop means of preventing these foodborne illness occurrences. The premise of this book is that when human pathogen contamination of fresh produce occurs, it is extremely difficult to reduce pathogen levels sufficiently to assure microbiological safety with the currently available technologies. A wiser strategy would be to avoid crop production conditions that result in microbial contamination to start.

These critical, problem-oriented chapters have been written by researchers active in the areas of food safety and microbial contamination during production, harvesting, packing and fresh-cut processing of horticultural crops, and were designed to provide methods of contamination avoidance. Coverage includes policy and practices in the US, Mexico and Central America, Europe, and Japan.

Key Features

*Addresses food-borne contaminations from a prevention view, providing proactive solutions to the problems

*Covers core sources of contamination and methodologies for identifying those sources

*Includes best practice and regulatory information

Readership

This book will be useful to growers, packers and fresh-cut processors and their trade associations and suppliers, especially those impacted by outbreaks of food-borne illness. Also a valuable source of information to researchers at universities and government agencies who are investigating means of avoiding contamination and improving the microbiological safety of fresh produce.

Details

No. of pages:
496
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123741868
Electronic ISBN:
9780080921112

About the editors

Karl Matthews

Affiliations and Expertise

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA

Gerald Sapers

Affiliations and Expertise

ERRC, ARS-USDA-Retired

Gerald Sapers

Affiliations and Expertise

ERRC, ARS-USDA-Retired

Ethan Solomon

Affiliations and Expertise

DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise, Wilmington, DE, USA

Karl Matthews

Affiliations and Expertise

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA