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


<UL> <LI> To assess and identify the level microbial contamination present on pumpkin and sesame seeds.</LI>
<LI> To conduct a systemic evaluation of the hazards and probabilities associated with pathogens on the farm and at post-harvest stages.</LI>
<LI> To identify and recommend methods for controlling identified microbial hazards present at pre-harvest and post-harvest stages.</LI>
<LI> To recommend future research needs regarding the safety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds at source. </LI> </ul>

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Background: <BR/>
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. <P>
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.<P>

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

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

<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="; target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.

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