Preharvest Food Safety

Editors: Siddhartha Thakur1, Kalmia E. Kniel2
Affiliations: 1: College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina; 2: Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Content Type: Monograph
Publication Year: 2018
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An overview of farm-to-fork safety in the preharvest realm Foodborne outbreaks continue to take lives and harm economies, making controlling the entry of pathogens into the food supply a priority. Preharvest factors have been the cause of numerous outbreaks, including in melons, associated with tomatoes, and Shiga toxin-producing in beef products, yet most traditional control measures and regulations occur at the postharvest stage. covers a broad swath of knowledge surrounding topics of safety at the preharvest and harvest stages, focusing on problems for specific food sources and food pathogens, as well as new tools and potential solutions.

Led by editors Siddhartha Thakur and Kalmia Kniel, a team of expert authors provides insights into critical themes surrounding preharvest food safety, including

  • Challenges specific to meat, seafood, dairy, egg, produce, grain, and nut production
  • Established and emerging foodborne and agriculture-related pathogens
  • Influences of external factors such as climate change and the growing local-foods trend
  • Regulatory issues from both US and EU perspectives
  • Use of pre- and probiotics, molecular tools, mathematical modeling, and one health approaches

Intended to encourage the scientific community and food industry stakeholders to advance their knowledge of the developments and challenges associated with preharvest food safety, this book addresses the current state of the field and provides a diverse array of chapters focused on a variety of food commodities and microbiological hazards.

Hardcover, 426 pages, full-color illustrations, index.

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30 November 2018

This collection summarizes current challenges to preharvest food safety in each agricultural field, identifies major foodborne pathogens of concern in specific products, and surveys recent advances in preharvest control measures. The 22 contributions discuss the use of antimicrobials as growth promotants in the food animal industry, the growth of the organic production system, bacterial pathogens in compost, phage therapy approaches to reducing pathogen persistence, preharvest application of probiotics to farm animals, and molecular tools for studying food safety challenges.

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