Special Issue "Toxoplasma gondii and Food Safety"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2024 | Viewed by 1817
Interests: toxoplasmosis; zoonoses; one health; food safety; animal health
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Food of both animal and vegetable origin, including drinking water, is the main source of Toxoplasma gondii infection worldwide. Official reports such as the European Union One Health Zoonoses Report published by ECDC and EFSA provide a partial picture for the lack of information reported by member countries. Nevertheless, it is estimated that around a third of the world's population will be exposed to the infection at some point in their lives.
Given the recommendations provided by the WHO, WOAH, and FAO for the management of zoonoses, which must be addressed by the health experts involved through a One Health approach, the scientific community is crucial in tackling the most significant challenges for the prevention and control of the disease. Scientists must strive to produce tools such as up-to-date information on epidemiology, sensitive and cost-effective rapid innovative diagnostic tools, and new risk assessment models that are also useful to food legislators, who have so far paid little attention to regulating the control of transmitted toxoplasmosis from food.
Understanding the multifaceted aspects of toxoplasma contamination of foodstuff is therefore paramount to enforce effective preventive measures both at primary production level (in-farms and harvests biosecurity) and at food processing level (quality of water supply).
The scope of this Special Issue is to bring forward relevant new findings on the epidemiology, diagnosis, control, and management of Toxoplasma gondii in foodstuff in order to drive new effective food policies and increase safety for consumers.
Dr. Anna M. F. Marino
Dr. Maurizio Percipalle
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- food safety
- risk assessment
- One Health