Ensuring Fresh Produce Safety and Quality by Utilizing Predictive Growth Models and Predictive Microbiology Software Tools
Outbreaks of foodborne illnesses related to the consumption of fresh produce have been occurring all over the world. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) for fresh produce will contribute to enhance microbiological safety of production, distribution, and consumption of fresh produce. This chapter describes the prevalence of contamination of fresh produce, possible route of pathogen contamination, and pathogen behavior on fresh produce during distribution. Predictive models and also web-based predictive tools described here will be useful for QMRA as an underpinning knowledge.
KeywordsFresh produce Predictive model Risk assessment Web-based tool
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