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Bacteriophages for detection and control of bacterial pathogens in food and food-processing environment.

Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address: .
Advances in food and nutrition research 01/2012; 67:241-88. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-394598-3.00006-X
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ABSTRACT This chapter presents recent advances in bacteriophage research and their application in the area of food safety. Section 1 describes general facts on phage biology that are relevant to their application for control and detection of bacterial pathogens in food and environmental samples. Section 2 summarizes the recently acquired data on application of bacteriophages to control growth of bacterial pathogens and spoilage organisms in food and food-processing environment. Section 3 deals with application of bacteriophages for detection and identification of bacterial pathogens. Advantages of bacteriophage-based methods are presented and their shortcomings are discussed. The chapter is intended for food scientist and food product developers, and people in food inspection and health agencies with the ultimate goal to attract their attention to the new developing technology that has a tremendous potential in providing means for producing wholesome and safe food.

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