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Microbiological challenge testing for ensuring safety of food products.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7703027     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Microbiological challenge testing (MCT), storage testing, and predictive modelling are tools to simulate or to test what can happen to a food product during processing, distribution and subsequent handling. MCT is carried out if the microorganism of interest is suspected to be present in low numbers or only incidentally, and should be applied if full knowledge about the characteristics of a potential hazardous microorganism does not exist. MCT involves: (a) an appropriate experimental design; (b) an inoculation procedure; (c) a test procedure; and (d) interpretation of results. If MCT is carried out properly, information is obtained on the types of microorganisms capable of growth in the product, so that risks of food poisoning can be assessed. Therefore, the information obtained can be the basis for setting safety criteria at the critical control points in a food processing operation. However, it remains necessary to verify the test results under field conditions.
S Notermans; P in 't Veld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of food microbiology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0168-1605     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Food Microbiol.     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-05-11     Completed Date:  1995-05-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412849     Medline TA:  Int J Food Microbiol     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection, Bilthoven, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Food Handling / methods,  standards
Food Microbiology* / standards
Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control
Safety Management

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