Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce covers all aspects of produce safety including pathogen ecology, agro-management, pre-harvest and post-harvest interventions, and adverse economic impacts of outbreaks. This new title examines the current state of the problems associated with fresh produce by reviewing the recent, high-profile outbreaks associated with fresh-produce, including the possible internalization of pathogens by plant tissues, and understanding how human pathogens survive and multiply in water, soils, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce includes discussion on fast and reliable techniques for the detection of pathogens in and on produce, pre-harvest strategies, such as the implementation of Good Agriculture Practices, and risk analysis of irrigation waters and supply lines are discussed. The limitation of post-harvest interventions from current industry practices using chemical sanitizers is discussed and promising innovation technological applications, such as irradiation, and biological controls are presented by forefront scientific experts. Coverage includes the discussion of the impact of foodborne outbreaks on public health and the fresh produce industry in terms of economics, consumer acceptance, and legal aspects. Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce gives readers, from food safety professionals to consumers, comprehensive overall reviews of challengers and perspectives in produce safety and strategies to prevent or minimize the risks associated with consumption of fresh produce.
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