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Management of Microbial Food Safety in Arab Countries

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Microbial food safety remains a major economic and public health concern in Arab countries. Over the past several years, many of these countries have attempted to revise and upgrade food quality control and surveillance programs; however, these systems vary in scope and effectiveness. This review addresses the major reported foodborne outbreaks and multidrug resistance of pathogenic microorganisms isolated from food products. Major foodborne pathogens of concern included Brucella spp., Clostridium botulinum, fecal coliforms, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus. Measures for managing microbial food hazards based on a comprehensive risk analysis also are proposed.

Document Type: Review Article


Affiliations: 1: Environmental Health Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon. 2: Environmental Health Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon 3: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center, Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit, 600 East Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania 19038, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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