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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Food and Feed Safety Research

Title: Role of phages in the control of bacterial pathogens in food

item Niu, Y
item Stanford, K
item Mcallister, T
item Callaway, Todd

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2011
Publication Date: 9/20/2012
Citation: Niu, Y.D., Stanford, K., Mcallister, T.A., Callaway, T.R. 2012. Role of phages in the control of bacterial pathogens in food. In: Abedon, S., Hyman, P., editors. Bacteriophages in Health and Disease. NY: CABI Publishing. p. 240-255.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses of bacteria and were independently discovered by English bacteriologist Twort in 1915 and Franco-Canadian microbiologist d’Hérelle in 1917 (d'Hérelle, 1919). Since then, phages have been used to treat infectious disease in humans, animals, and plants, but in the past 50 years, they have been largely replaced by broad-spectrum antibiotics for the treatment of infectious diseases. As antibiotic resistance is becoming increasingly prevalent, interest has been renewed in the antimicrobial nature of phages since the 1980s. Antibiotic resistance concerns have also led to the rediscovery of phage as therapeutic adjuncts to improve animal health and human health through improvements in food safety. This chapter will review: 1) phages against bacterial disease; 2) phages against bacterial zoonotic foodborne pathogenic bacteria from farm to fork; 3) phage-derived pharmaceuticals and challenges facing them; and 4) detection, identification, and protection from bacterial disease.

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