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Food safety interventions for Maine-grown, minimally processed foods

Investigators
Perry, Jennifer
Institutions
University of Maine
Start date
2017
End date
2018
Objective
My goal is to investigate emerging and underutilized methods for promotion of microbial food safety with a strongly applied focus. Consistent foodborne disease outbreaks attributed to fresh foods highlight the fact that challenges faced by growers and processors are urgent, and work on interventions to combat safety challenges has the potential to manifest immediate benefits if undertaken with industry processes in mind. I hope to investigate treatments and processing methods with wide applicability across product types and to collaborate with industry members to address specific concerns as they arise.1.Isolate and characterize organisms, including bacteriophage and bacterial isolates, with potential for application to food as biocontrol agents.2.Understand the applicability of biocontrol measures as pre- or postharvest treatments for fresh and frozen produce safety.3.Explore alternative washing technologies and aqueous treatments for fresh product safety.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
ME021828
Accession number
1012208
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Chemical Contaminants
Prevention and Control