Large, renowned outbreaks associated with low-moisture foods (LMFs) bring to light some of the potential, inherent risks that accompany foods with long shelf lives if pathogen contamination occurs. Subsequently, in 2013, Beuchat et al. (2013) noted the increased concern regarding these foods, specifically noting examples of persistence and resistance of pathogens in low-water activity foods (LWAFs), prevalence of pathogens in LWAF processing environments, and sources of and preventive measures for contamination of LWAFs. For the last decade, the body of knowledge related to LMF safety has exponentially expanded. This growing field and interest in LMF safety have led researchers to delve into survival and persistence studies, revealing that some foodborne pathogens can survive in LWAFs for months to years. Research has also uncovered many complications of working with foodborne pathogens in desiccated states, such as inoculation methods and molecular mechanisms that can impact pathogen survival and persistence. Moreover, outbreaks, recalls,...
Practice and progress: updates on outbreaks, advances in research, and processing technologies for low-moisture food safety.
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Acuff, J. C., Dickson, J. S., Farber, J. M., Grasso-Kelley, E. M., Hedberg, C., Alvin Lee, Mei-Jun Zhu; Practice and progress: updates on outbreaks, advances in research, and processing technologies for low-moisture food safety.. IFIS Food and Health Sciences Database 2023; doi:
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