Current Challenges in Food Microbiology

A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019) | Viewed by 1483

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Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale”, Campo Boario, 64100 Teramo, Italy
Interests: food safety; food microbiology; microbial genetics and physiology; gene cloning; antibiotic resistance; foodborne pathogens; bacteriocins; food microbial ecology; fermentation and ripening; gene expression
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National Research Council of Italy, AgroFood Department, Institute of Sciences of Food Productions, Lecce, Italy
Interests: biotechnologies for the quality and safety of food productions; microbiology and quality of food productions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food safety concerns caused by microbial contaminants or their toxic metabolites are currently an enemy to fight on a global scale. The ongoing process of increased concentrations of the food production activities in a few big manufacturing facilities that deliver food products to many countries amplifies the consequences of any microbial contamination event. Measures of contamination prevention or reduction are therefore extremely needed to warrant consumer’s health. Use of beneficial microorganisms to contrast colonization and growth of hazardous ones in food production plants and in food products is a valid arm to reduce this health risk. In this Special Issue of the journal Challenges, we would like to collect research, research ideas or review articles describing the progresses achieved to solve this problem in different food production sectors through the exploitation of beneficial microbial agents or their products, as well as natural preservatives. In particular, remedies to the following food safety concerns may be addressed: contamination by ubiquitous microbial pathogens, biofilm formation, emerging pathogens, antimicrobial resistance spread, formation of biogenic amines or other toxic compounds.

Dr. Franca Rossi
Dr. Palmiro Poltronieri
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  • Foodborne pathogen source identification
  • toxins
  • toxic metabolites
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • biofilm formation
  • bacteriocins
  • natural preservatives
  • beneficial microorganisms
  • traceability
  • cold chain
  • packaging

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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