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Foodborne Protozoa: Inoculation and Inactivation Methods

Investigators
Ortega, Ynes
Institutions
University of Georgia
Start date
2000
End date
2000
Objective
The objective of this proposal is to determine the effects of inoculation such as dipping, spraying and spotting to analyze the recovery of Cryptosporidium parvum and Cyclospora cayetanensis each individually from produce. Optimal time between inoculation and recovery will be evaluated. The project will also determine the efficacy of inactivation against parasites (Cryptosporidium parvum and Cyclospora cayetanensis) in experimentally inoculated basil, strawberries, raspberries, and tomatoes by home cooking practices such as microwave, boiling and steam and consumer practices such as storage of food in refrigeration at different times and temperatures
Funding Source
Center For Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Project number
FD-U-00-1948-01
Categories
Parasites
Cryptosporidium
Food Preparation and Handling
Commodities
Produce