The Produce Contamination Problem: Causes And Solutions by Karl R. MatthewsThe Produce Contamination Problem: Causes And Solutions by Karl R. Matthews

The Produce Contamination Problem: Causes And Solutions

byKarl R. MatthewsEditorGerald M. Sapers, Charles P. Gerba

Hardcover | March 10, 2014

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Understanding the causes and contributing factors leading to outbreaks of food-borne illness associated with contamination of fresh produce is a worldwide challenge for everyone from the growers of fresh-cut produce through the entire production and delivery process. The premise ofThe Produce Contamination Problemis that when human pathogen contamination of fresh produce occurs, it is extremely difficult to reduce pathogen levels sufficiently to assure microbiological safety with the currently available technologies. A wiser strategy would be to avoid crop production conditions that result in microbial contamination to start.

These critical, problem-oriented chapters have been written by researchers active in the areas of food safety and microbial contamination during production, harvesting, packing and fresh-cut processing of horticultural crops, and were designed to provide methods of contamination avoidance. Coverage includes policy and practices in the United States, Mexico and Central America, Europe, and Japan.



  • Addresses food-borne contaminations from a prevention view, providing proactive solutions to the problems
  • Covers core sources of contamination and methods for identifying those sources
  • Includes best practice and regulatory information
Title:The Produce Contamination Problem: Causes And SolutionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:492 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.98 inPublished:March 10, 2014Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0124046118

ISBN - 13:9780124046115

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Produce Contamination: Scope and Sources

    1. Scope of the Produce Contamination Problem

    2. Microbial Attachment and Persistence on Plants

    3. Identification of the Source of Contamination

    4. Manure Management

    5. Bioaerosol Contamination of Produce: Potential Issues from an Unexplored Contaminant Route

    6. Water Quality

    7. Disease Risks Posed by Wild Birds Associated with Agricultural Landscapes

    8. Produce Contamination by other Wildlife

    Part 2: Commodities Associated with Major Outbreaks and Recalls

      9. Leafy Vegetables

      10. Melons

      11. Microbiological Safety of Sprouted Seeds: Interventions and Regulations

      12. Salmonella and Tomatoes

      13. Tree Fruits and Nuts: Outbreaks, Contamination Sources, Prevention and Remediation

      14. Berry Contamination: Outbreaks and Contamination Issues

      Part 3: Contamination Avoidance Pre and Postharvest

      15. Produce Contamination Issues in Mexico and Central America

      16. Regulatory issues in Europe Regarding Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Safety

      Part 4: Technology for Reduction of Human Pathogens in Fresh Produce

      17. Disinfection of Contaminated Produce with Conventional Washing and Sanitizing Technology

      18. Advanced Technologies for Detection and Elimination of Bacterial Pathogens

      19. Conclusions and Recommendations

      Editorial Reviews

      "...useful to growers, packers, fresh-cut processers and their suppliers, especially those organisations impacted by outbreaks of foodborne illness."--FST Magazine,November 2014