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Enterobacter sakazakii causes a range of infections that can be fatal or cause lifelong debilitation in newborns. Because the organism affects the youngest and most vulnerable group of our population, the issue has become a critical concern for the food industry. This volume brings together all recent findings and knowledge on this unique pathogen and addresses a wide range of issues, including taxonomy, detection and identification, virulence potential, monitoring and control during infant formula production, and regulatory issues.
Knowledge on Enterobacter sakazakii has been changing quickly within the last couple of years. By bringing together the leading experts in this critical field, this book makes an invaluable contribution to the future of food safety. Chapters explain the details of infant formula production; the organism’s interaction with neonatal intestinal systems, epidemiology, and mechanisms of pathogenicity; and the effects of the disease. Additionally, this volume points to larger issues within food production, food regulation, and inspection. For many years to come, this book will be a necessary and useful reference tool for regulators, policymakers, and academics involved with the issue of contaminated powdered infant formula and this organism.
Hardcover, 271 pages, illustrations, index.