Outbreaks and factors influencing microbiological contamination of fresh produce
Fresh fruits and vegetables are nutritionally well-recognised as healthy components in diets. The microbiological foodborne outbreaks associated with the consumption of fresh produce have been increasing. Salmonella spp., Escherichia coli O157:H7, Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter spp. and Listeria monocytogenes are the most common pathogens that contaminate fresh produce. This review discusses recent foodborne outbreaks linked to fresh produce, factors that affect microbiological contamination and measures that could be adopted to reduce the foodborne illnesses.
Keywordsfresh produce; Escherichia coli O157:H7; Staphylococcus aureus; Salmonella spp; antibiotic resistance; E. coli O157:H7; Staph. aureus; Salmonella spp.; Food Science; Fruit; Vegetables; Disease Outbreaks; Food Contamination; Foodborne Diseases
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