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Persistence of Enteric Pathogens in Manure-amended Soils in Northeast U.S. Produce-Growing Environments

Investigators
Sharma, M.
Institutions
University of Delaware
Start date
2014
End date
2016
Objective
Identify the important factors, including post-harvest processing and storage conditions, potential routes of contamination, and consumer handling practices, that may affect the transfer and persistence of Salmonella spp., L. monocytogenes in whole and fresh-cut cantaloupes; determine how surface moisture, initial temperature, and storage conditions affect L. monocytogenes survival and growth; and assess contamination of field-grown melons when grown in soils where Salmonella spp. is present. Results will be used for the development of knowledge-based intervention strategies, risk assessment, FDA guidelines, and educational materials.
Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project source
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Project number
8042-32420-005-58S
Accession number
427507
Categories
Salmonella
Education and Training
Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication
Commodities
Produce