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The Microbiological Quality of Food

The Microbiological Quality of Food Book
Author : Antonio Bevilacqua,Maria Rosaria Corbo,Milena Sinigaglia
Publisher : Woodhead Publishing
Release : 2016-12-01
ISBN : 0081005032
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Microbiological Quality of Food: Foodborne Spoilers specifically addresses the role of spoilers in food technology and how they affect the quality of food. Food spoilers represent a great challenge in food quality, determining the shelf-life of many products as they impact consumer acceptability of taste, texture, aroma, and other perceptions. Divided into four sections, the first section defines microbial spoilage of food, with special emphasis on methods for the evaluation of spoiling phenomena and the status of their regulatory framework, examining both existing regulations and possible gaps. The second section examines spoiling microorganisms, covering a range of common spoilage microorganisms, including pseudomonas, yeasts, and molds and spore formers, as well as less-common spoilers, including lactic acid bacteria and specific spoilage organisms in fish. The third section highlights spoiling phenomena within certain food types. Chapters cover dairy, fish, meat, and vegetables, and other products. The final section investigates emerging topics which point to future trends in the research of food spoilers. There is insight into microorganisms resistant to preservation, the role of biofilms in food quality, and the link between food safety and food spoilage, with a special emphasis on certain spoiling microorganisms which could be opportunistic pathogens. Written by an international team of leading authors, this book provides state-of-the-art coverage of this topic, which is essential to the shelf-life and quality of food. Provides in-depth coverage of the different spoilers which cause the deterioration of foods, including less common spoilers not covered in other publications Includes dedicated chapters covering the spoilage of specific products, making this book ideal for those working in the food industry Presents a framework for future research in the area of foodborne spoilers

Microbiological Safety and Quality of Food

Microbiological Safety and Quality of Food Book
Author : Barbara Lund,Anthony C. Baird-Parker,Tony C. Baird-Parker,Grahame W. Gould,Grahame Warwick Gould
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2000
ISBN : 9780834213234
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This authoritative two-volume reference provides valuable, necessary information on the principles underlying the production of microbiologically safe and stable foods. The work begins with an overview and then addresses four major areas: 'Principles and application of food preservation techniques' covers the specific techniques that defeat growth of harmful microorganisms, how those techniques work, how they are used, and how their effectiveness is measured. 'Microbial ecology of different types of food' provides a food-by-food accounting of food composition, naturally occurring microflora, effects of processing, how spoiling can occur, and preservation. 'Foodborne pathogens' profiles the most important and the most dangerous microorganisms that can be found in foods, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, mycotoxins, and 'mad cow disease.' The section also looks at the economic aspects and long-term consequences of foodborne disease. 'Assurance of the microbiological safety and quality of foods' scrutinizes all aspects of quality assurance, including HACCP, hygienic factory design, methods of detecting organisms, risk assessment, legislation, and the design and accreditation of food microbiology laboratories. Tables, photographs, illustrations, chapter-by-chapter references, and a thorough index complete each volume. This reference is of value to all academic, research, industrial and laboratory libraries supporting food programs; and all institutions involved in food safety, microbiology and food microbiology, quality assurance and assessment, food legislation, and generally food science and technology.

Microbiological Quality of Foods

Microbiological Quality of Foods Book
Author : L Slanetz
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2012-12-02
ISBN : 0323157068
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Microbiological Quality of Foods contains the proceedings of a conference held in Franconia, New Hampshire, on August 27-29, 1962. Contributors review the state of knowledge of foodborne diseases and discuss the use and efficiency of microbiological tests and standards for food quality from the academic, regulatory, and industrial standpoints. Problems related to the use of microorganisms as an index of food quality are given special attention. This book includes a consideration of total counts, coliforms, fecal streptococci, and the detection of specific pathogens. This text is organized into 26 chapters and begins with an overview of the status of microbiological tests and standards that have been developed to ensure food quality. The book then discusses the concerns of regulators at the federal and local levels concerning food microbiology, particularly the safety or wholesomeness of foods. The next chapters focus on industry perspectives regarding food safety; the role of universities in food microbiological research; and problems and challenges presented by foodborne diseases. The book also introduces the reader to staphylococcal enterotoxins, halophilic bacteria, botulism, and Clostridium perfringens that causes food poisoning. This book is a valuable resource for those involved in food microbiology, science and technology, and industry; bacteriology; and public health.

Making Safe Food

Making Safe Food Book
Author : Gerard Meurant
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2012-12-02
ISBN : 008098407X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Making Safe Food is a practical text which focuses on the design and implementation of microbiological practices in the food industry. The book provides food scientists, managers, and technologists, and food studies students with much needed facts in a single, concise, but thorough, source. Making Safe Food embraces the concerns of all those involved in the production, distribution, and sale of food; it is the first book to bridge the gfulf between microbiological books that detail laboratory methodologies and quality management books written for those with a management and business studies background. The authors are senior lecturers in the food science and technology and microbiology departments at The University of Reading, one of the leading food science research and teaching centers in Europe. [Very short version:--11/6/91 WR] Making Safe Food is a concise, practical text which focuses on the design and implementation of microbiological practices in the food industry. It is the first book to bridge the gulf between microbiological books that detail laboratory methodologies and quality management books written for those with a management and business studies background. Implementing hygiene and microbiological quality in the food factory Designing and operating a safe laboratory Critically evaluating microbiological techniques for quality assurance Installing a quality management system Seeking certification under ISO 9000 (BS 5750) Legislative aspects Managers, scientists, and technologists in the food industry; administrators of environmental health, public health, and food quality in local and central government, and students following food studies courses at diploma and degree level will find this book an invaluable guide.

Food Microbiology

Food Microbiology Book
Author : M. R. Adams,M. O. Moss
Publisher : New Age International
Release : 2007
ISBN : 9788122410143
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Food Microbiology Is The First Entirely New, Comprehensive Student Text To Be Published On This Subject For More Than 10 Years. It Covers The Whole Field Of Modern Food Microbiology, Including Recent Developments In The Procedures Used To Assay And Control Microbiological Quality In Food.The Book Covers The Three Main Themes Of The Interaction Of Micro Organisms With Food-Spoilage, Food Borne Illness And Food Fermentation And Gives Balanced Attention To Both The Positive And Negative Aspect Which Result. It Also Discusses The Factors Affecting The Presence Of Microorganisms In Foods, As Well As Their Capacity To Survive And Grow. Suggestions For Further Reading, Of Either The Most Recent Or The Best Material Available, Are Included In A Separate Section.This Book Presents A Thorough And Accessible Account Of Modem Food Microbiology And Will Make And Ideal Course Book. Food Microbiology Is A Must For Undergraduates, Lecturers And Researchers Involved In The Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, And Food Science And Technology.

Microbiological Examination Methods of Food and Water

Microbiological Examination Methods of Food and Water Book
Author : Neusely da Silva,Marta Hirotomi Taniwaki,Valéria Christina Junqueira,Neliane Silveira,Maristela da Silva do Nascimento,Renato Abeilar Romeiro Gomes
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2012-12-18
ISBN : 0203168399
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Microbiological Examination Methods of Food and Water is an illustrated laboratory manual that provides an overview of current standard microbiological culture methods for the examination of food and water, adhered to by renowned international organizations, such as ISO, AOAC, APHA, FDA and FSIS/USDA. It includes methods for the enumeration of indicator microorganisms of general contamination, indicators of hygiene and sanitary conditions, sporeforming, spoilage fungi and pathogenic bacteria. Every chapter begins with a comprehensive, in-depth and updated bibliographic reference on the microorganism(s) dealt with in that particular section of the book. The latest facts on the taxonomic position of each group, genus or species are given, as well as clear guidelines on how to deal with changes in nomenclature on the internet. All chapters provide schematic comparisons between the methods presented, highlighting the main differences and similarities. This allows the user to choose the method that best meets his/her needs. Moreover, each chapter lists validated alternative quick methods, which, though not described in the book, may and can be used for the analysis of the microorganism(s) dealt with in that particular chapter. The didactic setup and the visualization of procedures in step-by-step schemes allow the user to quickly perceive and execute the procedure intended. This compendium will serve as an up-to-date practical companion for laboratory professionals, technicians and research scientists, instructors, teachers and food and water analysts. Alimentary engineering, chemistry, biotechnology and biology (under)graduate students specializing in food sciences will also find the book beneficial. It is furthermore suited for use as a practical/laboratory manual for graduate courses in Food Engineering and Food Microbiology.

Microbiological Safety and Quality of Food

Microbiological Safety and Quality of Food Book
Author : Barbara Lund,Anthony C. Baird-Parker,Grahame W. Gould
Publisher : Springer
Release : 1999-12-31
ISBN : 9780834213234
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This authoritative two-volume reference provides valuable, necessary information on the principles underlying the production of microbiologically safe and stable foods. The work begins with an overview and then addresses four major areas: 'Principles and application of food preservation techniques' covers the specific techniques that defeat growth of harmful microorganisms, how those techniques work, how they are used, and how their effectiveness is measured. 'Microbial ecology of different types of food' provides a food-by-food accounting of food composition, naturally occurring microflora, effects of processing, how spoiling can occur, and preservation. 'Foodborne pathogens' profiles the most important and the most dangerous microorganisms that can be found in foods, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, mycotoxins, and 'mad cow disease.' The section also looks at the economic aspects and long-term consequences of foodborne disease. 'Assurance of the microbiological safety and quality of foods' scrutinizes all aspects of quality assurance, including HACCP, hygienic factory design, methods of detecting organisms, risk assessment, legislation, and the design and accreditation of food microbiology laboratories. Tables, photographs, illustrations, chapter-by-chapter references, and a thorough index complete each volume. This reference is of value to all academic, research, industrial and laboratory libraries supporting food programs; and all institutions involved in food safety, microbiology and food microbiology, quality assurance and assessment, food legislation, and generally food science and technology.

Food Microbiology

Food Microbiology Book
Author : Martin R Adams,Maurice Moss
Publisher : Royal Society of Chemistry
Release : 2007-10-31
ISBN : 1847557945
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This is the third edition of a widely acclaimed text which covers the whole field of modern food microbiology. It has been thoroughly revised and updated to include the most recent developments in the field. It covers the three main aspects of the interaction between micro-organisms and food - spoilage, foodborne illness and fermentation - and the positive and negative features that result. It discusses the factors affecting the presence of micro-organisms in foods and their capacity to survive and grow. Also included are recent developments in procedures used to assay and control the microbiological quality of food and protect public health. The book is a thorough and accessible account designed for students in the biological sciences, biotechnology and food science. It will also be valuable to researchers, teachers and practising food microbiologists.

Assessment of the Microbiological Quality of Foods

Assessment of the Microbiological Quality of Foods Book
Author : Wilkie Francis Harrigan
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1982
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Assessment of the Microbiological Quality of Foods book written by Wilkie Francis Harrigan, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Microbiological Guidelines

Microbiological Guidelines Book
Author : Collective,
Publisher : Die Keure Publishing
Release : 2018-04-04
ISBN : 9048632781
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Food plays an essential part in everyday life. Food should be tasty, healthy, sustainable and preferably not too expensive. But food should also be safe and with sufficient guarantees on maintaining good quality aspects until the end of shelf life. The various actors in the food supply chain have an interest in verifying the expected quality and safety by means of microbiological analyses of food. Measurement brings knowledge and microbiological guidelines help in the decision-making process for judging the acceptability of food or food production processes. The present handbook provides microbiological guidelines and current applicable EU legal criteria (status 1.1.2018) for a wide range of food categories (dairy, meat, seafoods, plant-based foods, bakery products, composite foods, shelf-stable food, water) and subcategories therein, based upon the type of food processing and intrinsic characteristics of the foods. This book can be consulted to provide quick answers on the expected microbiological contamination of foodstuff. It can help in interpretation of test results in assessing good (hygienic) practices in the production of food, determining the shelf life and ensuring food safety. The handbook also presents definitions of the wide variety of foodstuffs available and some reflections on, in particular, food safety issues or the on-going debate for some food items in assessing microbial quality. This book provides crucial information about food safety, for the use of students and professionals. EXTRACT "First we eat, then we do everything else" M.F.K. Fisher Food plays an important part in everyday life. But when being a food scientist or in the food business, food gets to be an even bigger part of your life. Our team at the Food Microbiology and Food Preservation research group (FMFP-UGent) at Ghent University during its academic tasks in education, research, scientific activities at committees, but also in interaction with many food companies and stakeholders in the food supply chain in projects or contract work, has built up considerable expertise on the microbiological analysis of a large variety of foodstuffs. Being situated in Ghent, and thus close to Brussels, the heart of Europe, we intrinsically have to understand and deal with legal EU criteria or action limits. The latter is the reason why this book is mainly oriented towards inclusion or making reference to EU legal microbiological criteria for foodstuffs as well. ABOUT THE AUTHORS The main author, Prof. Mieke Uyttendaele, leads, together with Prof. Frank Devlieghere, the Food Microbiology and Food Preservation Research Group (FMFP-UGent) at Ghent University, Belgium. Her teaching and research area covers aspects of microbiological analysis of foods, food safety and food hygiene. She has built over twenty years of experience by executing, initiating and coordinating various projects in this research discipline dealing with sampling and testing to collect baseline data on the microbial contamination of foods, looking into the virulence of food-borne pathogens, elaborating challenge testing to study the behavior of food-borne pathogens. All this information serves as an input for quality assurance and microbial risk assessment to support food safety decision-making and setting microbiological criteria. She was/is the promotor of more than 25 Ph.D students (including EU and non-EU citizens). Throughout her career, Prof. Uyttendaele has published more than 270 peer reviewed scientific papers, authored several book chapters and presented at numerous international Conferences/Workshops. Throughout the years she has also used her scientific expertise in interpretation of test results for analyses obtained in routine monitoring or analysis executed at the food service lab at FMFP-UGent.

Compendium of the Microbiological Spoilage of Foods and Beverages

Compendium of the Microbiological Spoilage of Foods and Beverages Book
Author : Michael P. Doyle,William H. Sperber
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2009-09-23
ISBN : 9781441908261
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The increased emphasis on food safety during the past two decades has decreased the emphasis on the loss of food through spoilage, particularly in developed co- tries where food is more abundant. In these countries spoilage is a commercial issue that affects the pro?t or loss of producers and manufacturers. In lesser developed countries spoilage continues to be a major concern. The amount of food lost to spoilage is not known. As will be evident in this text, stability and the type of spoilage are in?uenced by the inherent properties of the food and many other factors. During the Second World War a major effort was given to developing the te- nologies needed to ship foods to different regions of the world without spoilage. The food was essential to the military and to populations in countries that could not provide for themselves. Since then, progress has been made in improved product formulations, processing, packaging, and distribution systems. New products have continued to evolve, but for many new perishable foods product stability continues to be a limiting factor. Many new products have failed to reach the marketplace because of spoilage issues.

Food Microbiology

Food Microbiology Book
Author : Karl R. Matthews,Kalmia E. Kniel,Thomas J. Montville
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2019-12-09
ISBN : 1683673123
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Authoritative coverage presented in a format designed to facilitate teaching and learning.

Compendium of the Microbiological Spoilage of Foods and Beverages

Compendium of the Microbiological Spoilage of Foods and Beverages Book
Author : William H. Sperber,Michael P. Doyle
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2009-10-05
ISBN : 9781441908254
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The increased emphasis on food safety during the past two decades has decreased the emphasis on the loss of food through spoilage, particularly in developed co- tries where food is more abundant. In these countries spoilage is a commercial issue that affects the pro?t or loss of producers and manufacturers. In lesser developed countries spoilage continues to be a major concern. The amount of food lost to spoilage is not known. As will be evident in this text, stability and the type of spoilage are in?uenced by the inherent properties of the food and many other factors. During the Second World War a major effort was given to developing the te- nologies needed to ship foods to different regions of the world without spoilage. The food was essential to the military and to populations in countries that could not provide for themselves. Since then, progress has been made in improved product formulations, processing, packaging, and distribution systems. New products have continued to evolve, but for many new perishable foods product stability continues to be a limiting factor. Many new products have failed to reach the marketplace because of spoilage issues.

Microbiological Quality of Foods

Microbiological Quality of Foods Book
Author : Conference on the microbiological quality of foods, Franconia (New Hampshire), 1962
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 1963
ISBN : 9780126482508
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Microbiological Quality of Foods book written by Conference on the microbiological quality of foods, Franconia (New Hampshire), 1962, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Principles of Microbiology

Principles of Microbiology Book
Author : Thelma J. Parry,Rosa K. Pawsey
Publisher : Food & Nutrition Press
Release : 1973
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Abstract: Students are presented with a basic introduction to food microbiology for use in catering, dietetics, home economics, and food preparation practices. The growth and biochemical activity of microorganisms in food chemistry is described, along with sterilization and disinfection techniques which destroy them. Microbes play a significant role in causing food poisoning and foodborne infections. Cross-contamination or bad storage practices may transfer food poisoning organisms to susceptible foods; preventive measures and standards of cleanliness break this chain of events. The principles of microbial spoilage, food preservation and food fermentation are reviewed. Pests which consume and contaminate stored food transmit harmful microorganisms. Prevention and control procedures are needed whenever foods are handled to ensure food sanitation. An appendix summarizes legislation related to food hygiene and the microbiological quality of food.

Microbiological Examination Methods of Food and Water

Microbiological Examination Methods of Food and Water Book
Author : Neusely da Silva
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2019
ISBN : 9781351675826
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Microbiological Examination Methods of Food and Water (2nd edition) is an illustrated laboratory manual that provides an overview of current standard microbiological culture methods for the examination of food and water, adhered to by renowned international organizations, such as ISO, AOAC, APHA, FDA and FSIS/USDA. It includes methods for the enumeration of indicator microorganisms of general contamination, indicators of hygiene and sanitary conditions, sporeforming, spoilage fungi and pathogenic bacteria. Every chapter begins with a comprehensive, in-depth and updated bibliographic reference on the microorganism(s) dealt with in that particular section of the book. The latest facts on the taxonomic position of each group, genus or species are given, as well as clear guidelines on how to deal with changes in nomenclature on the internet. All chapters provide schematic comparisons between the methods presented, highlighting the main differences and similarities. This allows the user to choose the method that best meets his/her needs. Moreover, each chapter lists validated alternative quick methods, which, though not described in the book, may and can be used for the analysis of the microorganism(s) dealt with in that particular chapter. The didactic setup and the visualization of procedures in step-by-step schemes allow the user to quickly perceive and execute the procedure intended. Support material such as drawings, procedure schemes and laboratory sheets are available for downloading and customization. This compendium will serve as an up-to-date practical companion for laboratory professionals, technicians and research scientists, instructors, teachers and food and water analysts. Alimentary engineering, chemistry, biotechnology and biology (under)graduate students specializing in food sciences will also find the book beneficial. It is furthermore suited for use as a practical/laboratory manual for graduate courses in Food Engineering and Food Microbiology.

Microorganisms in Foods 8

Microorganisms in Foods 8 Book
Author : International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF)
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2011-06-08
ISBN : 9781441993731
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Microorganisms in Foods 8: Use of Data for Assessing Process Control and Product Acceptance is written by the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods with assistance from a limited number of consultants. The purpose of this book is to provide guidance on appropriate testing of food processing environments, processing lines, and finished product to enhance the safety and microbiological quality of the food supply. Microorganisms in Foods 8 consists of two parts. Part I, Principles of Using Data in Microbial Control, builds on the principles of Microorganisms in Foods 7: Microbiological Testing in Food Safety Management (2002), which illustrates how HACCP and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) provide greater assurance of safety than microbiological testing, but also identifies circumstances where microbiological testing may play a useful role. Part II, Specific Applications to Commodities, provides practical examples of criteria and other tests and is an updated and expanded version of Part II of Microorganisms in Foods 2: Sampling for Microbiological Analysis: Principles and Specific Applications (2nd ed. 1986). Part II also builds on the 2nd edition of Microorganisms in Foods 6: Microbial Ecology of Food Commodities (2005) by identifying appropriate tests to evaluation the effectiveness of controls.

Safety and Microbiological Quality

Safety and Microbiological Quality Book
Author : Fabienne Remize,Didier Montet
Publisher : MDPI
Release : 2019-10-01
ISBN : 3039214918
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The safety and microbiological quality of fermented foods covers complementary aspects of such products. Food fermentation is primary intended to improve food preservation, thereby modifying food properties. However, the management of chemical and microbiological hazards is a leading aspect for innovative processing in this domain. Similarly, microbiological quality in fermented foods is of peculiar importance: all microorganisms with a positive effect, including probiotic bacteria, fermentative bacteria, Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts, can be relevant. The fitness of pro-technological microorganisms impacts nutritional quality, but also sensory properties and processing reliability. This book provides a broad view of factors which determine the safety and microbiological quality of fermented foods. A focus is made on the interconnection between starter properties and the expectations related to a probiotic effect. All chapters underline the involvement of fermented foods towards better resource management and increasing food and nutritional security, especially in developing countries.

Microorganisms in Foods 8

Microorganisms in Foods 8 Book
Author : International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF)
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2016-08-23
ISBN : 9781489978158
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Microorganisms in Foods 8: Use of Data for Assessing Process Control and Product Acceptance is written by the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods with assistance from a limited number of consultants. The purpose of this book is to provide guidance on appropriate testing of food processing environments, processing lines, and finished product to enhance the safety and microbiological quality of the food supply. Microorganisms in Foods 8 consists of two parts. Part I, Principles of Using Data in Microbial Control, builds on the principles of Microorganisms in Foods 7: Microbiological Testing in Food Safety Management (2002), which illustrates how HACCP and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) provide greater assurance of safety than microbiological testing, but also identifies circumstances where microbiological testing may play a useful role. Part II, Specific Applications to Commodities, provides practical examples of criteria and other tests and is an updated and expanded version of Part II of Microorganisms in Foods 2: Sampling for Microbiological Analysis: Principles and Specific Applications (2nd ed. 1986). Part II also builds on the 2nd edition of Microorganisms in Foods 6: Microbial Ecology of Food Commodities (2005) by identifying appropriate tests to evaluation the effectiveness of controls.

Food Safety and Quality Based Shelf Life of Perishable Foods

Food Safety and Quality Based Shelf Life of Perishable Foods Book
Author : Peter J. Taormina,Margaret D. Hardin
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2021
ISBN : 3030543757
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book addresses the shelf life of foods, a key factor in determining how food is distributed and consequently where and when different food products are available for consumption. Shelf life is determined by several factors, including microbiological, chemical, physical, and organoleptic deterioration. Often these factors are interrelated and interdependent. The editors of this volume focus specifically on the microbial factors related to shelf life of perishable foods and food commodities. This allows for more detailed coverage of foodborne bacterial pathogens and spoilage microorganisms of concern. The initial part of the book covers the why and how of shelf life determination as well as the specific microbial pathogens and spoilage microorganisms of concern for perishable foods. Contributors address topics such as the techniques utilized for determination of shelf life, the frequency of shelf life testing for different products, the interpretation of data to make shelf life determinations, and management of shelf life of food products from the perspective of the food producer, distributor, retailer, and regulator. Three key areas impacting shelf life are addressed in detail: sanitation, processing, and packaging. The sanitation chapter explains the necessary components of cleaning and sanitizing to assure a hygienic processing environment and why that is critical to shelf life control. Traditional processing procedures are reviewed and advanced processing technologies are explored. Materials used in food packaging and the utilization of traditional and activated food packaging by product type are covered in detail. The latter two chapters of the book delve into newer techniques of analysis and explore the microbiome of food products. Implications of microbial ecology and microbial quantification in food products are discussed in chapters on genomics and in the changing dogma of meat shelf life. The primary audience for this work includes food industry quality and food safety technicians, managers, directors, and executives responsible for shelf life. Academicians and governmental researchers involved in research and teaching about food safety and quality will also find the material relevant and useful.