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Enhanced surveillance on food-borne disease outbreaks: dynamics of cross-contamination in biocidal wash procedure.
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PMID:  23298732     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Understanding the geographic and temporal spread of food-borne diseases associated with fresh produce is crucial for informing adequate surveillance and control. As a first step towards this goal, we develop and analyze a novel three stage model at the processing/sanitization juncture in the fresh produce supply chain. The key feature of our model is its ability to describe the dynamics of cross-contamination during commercial wash procedures. In general, we quantify the degree of cross-contamination in terms of model parameters. Applying these results in the case of E. coli O157:H7 contamination of fresh-cut romaine lettuce, we identify the mean wash time and free chlorine concentration as critical parameters. In addition to showing how these parameters affect contamination levels, we recommend that in order to prevent potential source misidentification, at least 2.2mg/L of free chlorine should be used during a wash lasting at least 30 seconds.
Daniel Munther; Jianhong Wu
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of theoretical biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-8541     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Theor. Biol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0376342     Medline TA:  J Theor Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Centre for Disease Modelling Department of Mathematics and Statistics York UniversityToronto, Canada, M3J 1P3. Electronic address:
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