The Produce Contamination Problem

The Produce Contamination Problem, 2nd Edition

Causes and Solutions

The Produce Contamination Problem, 2nd Edition,Karl Matthews,Gerald Sapers,Charles Gerba,ISBN9780124046115
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Prevent produce contamination before it occurs.

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Key Features

  • Addresses food-borne contaminations from a prevention view, providing proactive solutions to the problems
  • Covers core sources of contamination and methods for identifying those sources
  • Includes best practice and regulatory information


Understanding the causes and contributing factors leading to outbreaks of food-borne illness associated with contamination of fresh produce is a worldwide challenge for everyone from the growers of fresh-cut produce through the entire production and delivery process. The premise of The Produce Contamination Problem is that when human pathogen contamination of fresh produce occurs, it is extremely difficult to reduce pathogen levels sufficiently to assure microbiological safety with the currently available technologies. A wiser strategy would be to avoid crop production conditions that result in microbial contamination to start.

These critical, problem-oriented chapters have been written by researchers active in the areas of food safety and microbial contamination during production, harvesting, packing and fresh-cut processing of horticultural crops, and were designed to provide methods of contamination avoidance. Coverage includes policy and practices in the United States, Mexico and Central America, Europe, and Japan.


This book will be useful to growers, packers and fresh-cut processors and their trade associations and suppliers, especially those impacted by outbreaks of food-borne illness. Also a valuable source of information to researchers at universities and government agencies who are investigating means of avoiding contamination and improving the microbiological safety of fresh produce.

Karl Matthews

Affiliations and Expertise

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA

Gerald Sapers

Affiliations and Expertise


Charles Gerba

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

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The Produce Contamination Problem, 2nd Edition

Part 1: Produce Contamination: Scope and Sources

1. Scope of the Produce Contamination Problem

2. Microbial Attachment and Persistence on Plants

3. Identification of the Source of Contamination

4. Manure Management

5. Bioaerosol Contamination of Produce: Potential Issues from an Unexplored Contaminant Route

6. Water Quality

7. Disease Risks Posed by Wild Birds Associated with Agricultural Landscapes

8. Produce Contamination by other Wildlife

Part 2: Commodities Associated with Major Outbreaks and Recalls

9. Leafy Vegetables

10. Melons

11. Microbiological Safety of Sprouted Seeds: Interventions and Regulations

12. Salmonella and Tomatoes

13. Tree Fruits and Nuts: Outbreaks, Contamination Sources, Prevention and Remediation

14. Berry Contamination: Outbreaks and Contamination Issues

Part 3: Contamination Avoidance Pre and Postharvest

15. Produce Contamination Issues in Mexico and Central America

16. Regulatory issues in Europe Regarding Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Safety

Part 4: Technology for Reduction of Human Pathogens in Fresh Produce

17. Disinfection of Contaminated Produce with Conventional Washing and Sanitizing Technology

18. Advanced Technologies for Detection and Elimination of Bacterial Pathogens

19. Conclusions and Recommendations

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