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Microorganisms in Foods

The second edition ofMicrobiologyofFoods6:MicrobialEcologyofFoodCommodities was written by the ICMSF, comprising 16 scientists from 11 countries, plus consultants and other contributors to chapters. The intention of the second edition was to bring the ?rst edition (published in 1996) up to date, taking into account developments in food processing and packaging, new products, and recognition of new pathogens and their control acquired since the ?rst edition. Theoverallstructure ofthechapters hasbeen retained,vizeachcovers(i)theimportantpropertiesof thefoodcommoditythataffectitsmicrobialcontentandecology,(ii)theinitialmicro?oraatslaughteror harvest, (iii) the effects of harvesting, transportation, processing, and storage on the microbial content, and (iv) an assessment of the hazards and risks of the food commodities and (v) the processes applied to control the microbial load. In 1980s, control of food safety was largely by inspection and compliance with hygiene regulations, together with end-product testing.MicroorganismsinFoods2:SamplingforMicrobiologicalAnalysis: PrinciplesandSpeci?cApplications(2nded.1 986)putsuchtestingonasounderstatisticalbasisthrough samplingplans,whichremainusefulwhenthereisnoinformationontheconditionsunderwhichafood has been produced or processed, e.g. at port-of-entry. At an early stage, the Commission recognized that no sampling plan can ensure the absence of a pathogen in food. Testing foods at ports of entry, or elsewhere in the food chain, cannot guarantee food safety.
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Preface/Introduction.- Meat and meat products.- Poultry and poultry products.- Fish and fish products.- Feeds and pet foods.- Vegetables and vegetable products.- Fruits and fruit products.- Spices, dry soups and oriental flavourings.- Cereals and cereal products.- Nuts, oilseeds and dried legumes.- Cocoa, chocolate and confectionery.- Oil-based and fat-based foods.- Sugar, syrups, and honey.- Soft drinks, fruit juices, concentrates and fruit preserves.- Eggs and egg products.- Milk and dairy products.- Preventing abuse of foods after processing.

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