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What food safety professionals should know about bacterial biofilms

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Purpose ‐ This paper seeks to highlight the importance of bacterial associations with surfaces, with particular reference to food processing. Design/methodology/approach ‐ A historical and interdisciplinary review of recent literature combined with research on biofilms on surfaces was conducted. Findings ‐ The association of micro-organisms with surfaces is the prevailing microbial lifestyle and bacterial biofilms may represent reservoirs for the spread of antimicrobial-resistance genes. Originality/value ‐ This paper is a condensed summary of relevant information on the discipline of bacterial biofilms as a whole, with special reference to food processing and safety.
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Keywords: Bacteria; Food safety; Micro-organisms

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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