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Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives

Author: Phyllis Entis
Content Type: Trade
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2007

Category: Applied and Industrial Microbiology; Food Microbiology

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offers an intriguing, anecdotal assessment of food- and waterborne illnesses “from farm to fork.” It examines how modern technology and traditional views about food safety and food handling can affect consumer safety and it concludes that the responsibility of a safe food supply lies with a variety of people, including regulators, food producers, food handlers, and consumers. Readers will become familiar with the history and causes behind many well-known outbreaks from cholera to E. coli O157:H7 to mad cow disease.

This informative book is accessible and engaging, with minimal jargon. Extensive references are included at the conclusion of each chapter, and three appendixes detail the pathogens that cause most foodborne illness, key terms, and common abbreviations and acronyms used by the major world regulatory agencies.

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Microbiology Today

20 June 2013

The author reminds us of the importance of a coordinated approach to food safety by providing the reader with key examples of food-borne disease outbreaks associated with breaches of biosecurity, food processing and handling along the food chain to the consumer. Examples of the major food-borne pathogens are well represented throughout the book and the way the book is organized and illustrated using different outbreak investigation scenarios enables the reader to capture the importance of a holistic approach to food safety. The author has carefully balanced the amount of scientific detail to ensure that aspects of the book will be of interest not only to those professionals involved in food safety, but also undergraduate students interested in food microbiology and public health.

The author focuses predominantly on human outbreak investigations to illustrate some of the key messages for producing safe food. However, it should not be forgotten that sporadic infections comprise a large proportion of human food-borne illness. I think the book could have benefited from an introductory chapter outlining the relative importance of food-borne pathogens and foods to the burden of disease. That said, I found it an informative and enjoyable read that should appeal to a wide readership.

Society for General Microbiology: Microbiology Today

Reviewer: Chris Thorns, Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Review Date: Unknown

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