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Control of Viral and Bacteriological Pathogens in Seafood

Investigators
Hoskin, George
Institutions
DHHS/FDA - Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
Start date
1998
End date
2002
Objective
This project will develop methodology to assess the presence and fate of natural and pollution-borne pathogens in seafood and provides information for risk assessment.Indicator bacteria may not accurately reflect the presence of enteric viruses (Hepatitis A or Norwalk-like viruses) in shellfish or its growing waters. This project will evaluate whether alternative microorganisms (e.g. bacteriophages) better predict the hazards from human fecal pollution.Bacteria of the genus Vibrio occur naturally in estuarine waters, and frequently are found in seafoods harvested from those waters. Some species of Vibrio are pathogenic for humans; one species V. vulnificus is the leading cause of seafood-related deaths.
More information
Development of better methods to detect and enumerate seafood pathogens and determination of critical temperature limits to be used in intervention strategies.
Funding Source
Center For Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Project number
FSI-08-RSVP-39112
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication