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Location: Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research

Title: A SAFE consortium position paper: Update on microbial safety of fresh produce

item Abadias, Maribel
item Belc, Nastasia
item Dobre, Alina Alexandra
item Flynn, Katherine
item Lasagabaster, Amaia
item Nazzaro, Filomena
item Smeu, Irina
item Soptica, Florin
item Oliveira, Marcia Sousa
item Oncu, Nese Ash
item Studer, Patrick
item Marques, Daniele Court
item Deleanu, Carmen
item Gil, Mabel
item Niemira, Brendan
item Pielaat, Annemarie

Submitted to: Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/22/2012
Publication Date: 8/10/2012
Citation: Abadias, M., Belc, N., Dobre, A., Flynn, K., Lasagabaster, A., Nazzaro, F., Smeu, I., Soptica, F., Oliveira, M., Oncu, N., Studer, P., Marques, D., Deleanu, C., Gil, M., Niemira, B.A., Pielaat, A. 2012. A SAFE consortium position paper: Update on microbial safety of fresh produce. Symposium Proceedings. Update on Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce., Bucharest, Romania, March 15-16, 2012.,Volume 1, Page 1.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Surveys of fresh produce demonstrate potential to become contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms. The analysis of microbiological risk is generally divided into three categories: Risk Assessment identifies the factors that contribute to a problem; Risk Management identifies ways to solve a problem; Risk Communication informs stakeholders at every step in the food chain about measures to minimize risk. Good risk communication will increase the chance of compliance, making intervention strategies more efficient, and thus saving lives and money. The goal of risk communication is an effective understanding and implementation of risk management conclusions. Consumers must have efficient and effective risk communication in order to maintain trust in the fresh produce chain. This manuscript considers microbiological risks associated with fresh produce and what can be done to reduce them.