This unique textbook takes a holistic approach to food poisoning and food hygiene, explaining in clear and non-technical language the causes of food poisoning with practical examples from 'real-life' outbreaks. Now in its seventh edition, the book retains its longstanding clarity, while being completely revised and updated by a new team of editors and contributing authors.
Hobbs' Food Poisoning and Food Hygiene gives the reader a practical and general introduction to the relevant micro-organisms that affect food in relation to food safety and foodborne illness. Emphasis is given to the main aspects of hygiene necessary for the production, preparation, sale and service of safe food. Information about the behaviour of microbiological agents in various foods, their ability to produce toxins and the means by which harmful organisms reach food is applied to manufacture and retail procedures, and to equipment and kitchen design. For the first time the book includes coverage of waterborne infections and sewage and, through judicious selection of case examples, indicates the global nature of food and water hygiene today. The contribution of different professional groups to the control of food- and waterborne organisms is also recognized.
This book remains an essential course text for students and lecturers dealing with food science, public health, microbiology, environmental health and the food service industry. It also serves as an invaluable handbook for professionals within the food industry, investigators, researchers in higher education and those in the retail trade.
Table of Contents
PART 1: THE ROLE OF MICROBIOLOGY IN FOOD POISONING AND FOODBORNE INFECTIONS
2. Introduction to microbiology
3. Life and death of micro-organisms in food, spoilage and preservation
4. Microbial agents of food poisoning and foodborne infection
5. Food types, reservoirs, vehicles of infection and ways of spread
7. Water supply, waterborne infection and sewage/sludge
PART 2: FOOD HYGIENE IN THE PREVENTION OF FOOD POISONING
8. Personal hygiene of the food handler
9. Food preparation, cooking, cooling and storage
10. Food hygiene in modern food manufacturing
11. Food hygiene in the retail trade
12. Disinfection and cleaning
13. Food premises and equipment
14. Control of infestation
16. Microbiological criteria
18. Food hygiene in developing countries
19. Food hygiene in the wilderness
PART 3: CONTRIBUTION TO FOOD POISONING AND FOOD HYGIENE IN SPECIFIC SETTINGS AND BY SPECIFIC PROFESSIONAL GROUPS
20. Food service sector including healthcare and educational institutions, small retailers and domestic caterers
21. Food safety on ships and aircraft
22. Food trade associations
23. The environmental health practitioner
24. Seaport and airport health
25. The medical practitioner
26. The veterinarianâ€™s contribution to food safety
27. Commercial laboratories
28. Public sector laboratories
29. Reference laboratories
30. Surveillance of food and communicable disease
31. The Food Standards Agency
32. Investigation, control and management of foodborne outbreaks
Jim McLauchlin PhD, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, UK
Christine Little PhD, LLM, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, UK
"This book explains the causes of food poisoning in clear and non-technical language, illustrated with examples from actual outbreaks."
Food Science and Technology Abstracts
"This new edition continues to use a straightforward and easy to understand language and its 18 respected contributors are to be congratulated ... The layout of the text and the presentation of diagrams and illustrations make a positive use of colour and style."
International Food Hygiene
"(It) remains an essential course text for students and lecturers dealing with food science, environmental health and the food service industry. It is however much more than that. The clarity and user-friendly text is a feature of the book which makes it a valuable contribution to the promotion of understanding of food safety challenges from a holistic point of view amongst a broad range of readers outside the academic world in both the developed as well as the developing part of the worl. You will not be disappointed by ordering the book."
Niels Skovgaard, International Journal of Food Microbiology
"It is good news for all those with an interest in food hygiene and the prevention of food poisoning that a new edition of this widely used work has been published. The last revision came out in 1993 and much has changed since that time ... This updated edition deserves a place on the shelves of all those with an interest in food poisoning and its prevention."
N. Kingcott, Journal of Public Health, July 2008
"I was so struck by the book's layout and design, that within 30 minutes I had added it to our list of recommended texts for our Environmental Health degree courses, and requested our libraries to purchase additional copies!"
Stephen Forsythe, Society for General Microbiology Quarterly