Epidemiologic Principles and Food Safety

Epidemiologic Principles and Food Safety

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Epidemiology has long played a critical role in investigating outbreaks of foodborne illness and in identifying the microbial pathogens associated with such illness. Epidemiologists were the detectives who would track down the guilty culprit - the food vehicle carrying the pathogen, as well as the fateful errors that resulted in contamination or multiplication of pathogens. The first book of its kind, this volume describes the various ways epidemiologic principles are applied to meet the challenges of maintaining a safe food supply. It addresses both the prevention and control of foodborne illness. Starting with a history and background of foodborne illness, the book continues by describing the means of following up on an outbreak and measuring exposures. The book concludes by describing the regulatory context that shapes food safety activities at the local, national and international levels. Chapters are written by leaders in the field of public health and food safety, including experts in epidemiology, microbiology, risk assessment, economics, and environmental health and policy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 halftones, 46 line illustrations
  • 0195172639
  • 9780195172638
  • 1,755,874

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This book offers a unique take on the field of food safety and make us rethink how we should approach it. ...[it] is worth purchasing for its unique ability to conflate epidemiology and food safety into a meaningful, convincing and concise volume. * Doody's Notes * Epidemiologic Principles and Foor Safety provides a succinct and informative profile of food safety epidemiology. The contributors have contributed to an important dialogue on the safety of the food supply. New approaches to risk assessment that utilize epidemiologic methods are proposed to improve food safety and public health. * American Journal of Epidemiology, *
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Table of contents

Introduction and Background 1 ; Infectious Agents 2 ; Surveillance and Description 3 ; Vehicles, Sources, Risk Factors, Causes 4 ; Food as Exposure: Measuring Dietary Intake and Consumption Patterns 5 ; Managing a Food-Borne Outbreak 6 ; Epidemiologic Study Designs 7 ; Data Quality 8 ; Risk Assessment 9 ; Food Production and Processing 10 ; Food Handling and Preparation 11 ; The Economic Context 12 ; The Regulatory Environment 13
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