Journal of Food: Microbiology, Safety & Hygiene

Journal of Food: Microbiology, Safety & Hygiene
Open Access

ISSN: 2476-2059

+44 7868 792050

Jean McLain

Department of Environmental Science, University of Arizona, USA

  • Review Article   
    Evaluation of Total Bacteroides sp., as an Alternative Indicator in Agricultural Water Quality
    Author(s): Valerisa Joe-Gaddy*, Natalie Brassill, Dametreea Carr, Jean McLain and Channah Rock

    Pre harvest irrigation water represents a key potential source of pathogenic bacteria during the production of fresh produce. Industry guidance metrics uniformly identify generic Escherichia coli (E. coli) as a practical and cost?effective indicator of fecal contamination in water. Although generic E. coli satisfies most characteristics of an ideal bacterial indicator, very limited correlation exists between the presence of E. coli, pathogen presence, and microbial risk to consumers following consumption. The Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule’s Microbial Water Quality Profile is under abeyance due to concerns that there is not enough scientific evidence to support the rule in its’ current form; thus, it is important to examine feasible alternative indicator organisms which could improve .. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2476-2059.21.6.148

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