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


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.

Sharma, M.
University of Delaware
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