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Approaches to Mitigate Food Safety Concerns of Supply Chains for Pumpkin and Sesame Seed

University of Lincoln
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  • To assess and identify the level microbial contamination present on pumpkin and sesame seeds.
  • To conduct a systemic evaluation of the hazards and probabilities associated with pathogens on the farm and at post-harvest stages.
  • To identify and recommend methods for controlling identified microbial hazards present at pre-harvest and post-harvest stages.
  • To recommend future research needs regarding the safety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds at source.
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There is limited published information on the assessment of the microbial risk associated with a variety of products. Determining the exact source of contamination of produce is important when devising strategies and interventions to minimise risk of microbial contamination in imported foods.

Little is known about the conditions that exist overseas. A full appraisal of three facilities in overseas supplier countries of seeds will be conducted to assess and determine the conditions present during pre-harvest and post-harvest. A thorough assessment of potential contamination source will be identified for each production stage.

HACCP plans to mitigate the microbial contamination at stages have been identified that will be developed in order to mitigate the microbial hazards.

Results generated from this research will contribute to standardisation and formulation of related policies within the seeds trade.

Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.

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Food Standards Agency
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Bacterial Pathogens
Nuts, Seeds