© 2016

Foods of Non-Animal Origin

Chemistry, Technology, Inspection Procedures

  • Examines the complex world of food production from vegetables, including regulatory aspects like the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

  • Contains a critical assessment of the technology of ready-to-eat vegetable products

  • Addresses chemical hazards of vegetable products, from their specific microbial ecology, over potentially resulting foodborne diseases, to the chemistry of the involved neurotoxins


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the Chemistry of Foods book sub series (BRIEFSCHEFO)

About this book


This Brief discusses aspects of the increasingly complex production of legal and reliable food products of non-animal origin.  It introduces to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the USA (from January 2011), which requires the food industry to follow risk-based approaches with stronger self-regulation of food safety through measures such as the foreign supplier verification programs (FSVPs).
The Brief addresses important chemical hazards of vegetable products: their peculiar microbial ecology, that can become responsible for the occurrence of specific foodborne disease outbreaks, and the chemistry of the involved neurotoxins and other dangerous molecules, that can potentially lead to lethal pathological reactions.
Finally, the Brief also critically discusses the technology of ready-to-eat vegetable products and chemical and physical modifications used for packed products (respiration of vegetables, colorimetric modifications, etc.).


Botulinum Toxin in Vegetable Food Chemical Hazards of Vegetable Products Microbial Ecology of Vegetable Food Ready-to-eat Vegetable Products Risk Regulation in Food of Non-animal Origin Self-regulation of Food Safety US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dairy Farmers of AmericaVenturaUSA
  2. 2.Industrial ConsultantPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Santa Margherita MarinaMessinaItaly
  4. 4.Industrial ConsultantPalermo, SicilyItaly

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods