Epidemiologic Principles and Food Safety by Tamar Lasky

Epidemiologic Principles and Food Safety

byTamar Lasky

Hardcover | April 12, 2007

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Epidemiology has long played a critical role in investigating outbreaks of foodborne illness and in identifying the microbial pathogens associated with such illness. Epidemiologists were the detectives who would track down the guilty culprit- the food vehicle carrying the pathogen, as well asthe fateful errors that resulted in contamination or multiplication of pathogens. The first book of its kind, this volume describes the various ways epidemiologic principles are applied to meet the challenges of maintaining a safe food supply. It addresses both the prevention and control offoodborne illness. Starting with a history and background of foodborne illness, the book continues by describing the means of following up on an outbreak and measuring exposures. The book concludes by describing the regulatory context that shapes food safety activities at the local, national andinternational levels. Chapters are written by leaders in the field of public health and food safety, including experts in epidemiology, microbiology, risk assessment, economics, and environmental health and policy. This is the definitive book for students, researchers and professionals interested inhow epidemiology plays a role in keeping our food safe.

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Tamar Lasky is an Epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health.

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Title:Epidemiologic Principles and Food SafetyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:April 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195172639

ISBN - 13:9780195172638

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Background. 1Infectious Agents. 2Surveillance and Description. 3Vehicles, Sources, Risk Factors, Causes. 4Food as Exposure: Measuring Dietary Intake and Consumption Patterns. 5Managing a Food Borne Outbreak. 6Epidemiologic Study Designs. 7Data Quality. 8Risk Assessment. 9Food Production and Processing. 10Food Handling and Preparation. 11The Economic Context. 12The Regulatory Environment. 13

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"Provides a succinct and informative profile of food safety epidemiology. The contributors have contributed to an important dialogue on the safety of the food supply."--American Journal of Epidemiology