Enhancing Microbial Food Safety by Risk Analysis
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This project focuses on the development of original research-gathered data that identifies differing microbial and toxicological food safety hazards associated with human foods, animal- and plant-derived. Through collaborative research, food safety hazards will be identified and characterized, with respect to microbial hazards, food transmission vehicles, and opportunity for food contamination. Data generated from these activities, in addition to research designed to quantify and characterize the efficiency of food safety interventions, will be produced and distributed/shared with other project collaborators and disseminated to the scientific community and other stakeholders to increase awareness of food safety hazards, food transmission vehicles, and methods to prevent cross-contamination of human foods with human microbial pathogens. Risk communication activities are designed to share science-based food safety protection messages and knowledge with differing stakeholders, including food production and processing industry members, regulatory agency employees, and general consumer citizens.