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Managing Food Safety Risks in the Agri-Food Industries

1st Edition

By Jan Mei Soon, Richard Baines

CRC Press

230 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Modern farming practices involve more stakeholders in the supply chain, presenting issues of storage, transportation, and distribution prior to reaching the consumer. This increasing complexity in food production chains creates more points for introducing microorganism contamination of crops, livestock, and aquatic organisms. Managing Food Safety Risks in the Agri-Food Industries addresses existing and emerging risks in the primary agri-food sectors and discusses ways to manage, reduce, or prevent these risks from occurring.

Following a short introduction, the authors examine the advantages and disadvantages of various food chain risk assessment tools. The book covers three primary production sectors—crops, terrestrial livestock, and aquaculture products—along with a chapter on game and wild fish catch. Under each sector, the book addresses the existing and emerging food safety risks, challenges, and intervention strategies. Each chapter focuses on microbiological and natural or man-made chemical hazards that occur at the farm level with potential to cross-contaminate or bioaccumulate.

The book addresses horticulture crops and microbiological contaminants, food safety hazards and prevention strategies in beef, and milkborne outbreaks. It discusses Campylobacter and Salmonella risk in the broiler industry, and the prevalence of Salmonella in pig meat, risk factors, and intervention approaches. The book also covers potential parasites and diseases from game and exotic meat and microbiological and environmental contaminants in captured fish as well as in farmed fish and shellfish. The authors conclude with an exploration of how consumers and agri-food stakeholders perceive risk and the best means for communicating risk to the public.

Table of Contents


Risk Assessment



Managing Risks in the Horticultural Sector


Main Risks Associated with Fresh Produce

Sources of Produce Contamination at the Farm Level

Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Case Study of Breakdown in Fresh Produce Farms


Managing Food Safety Risks in the Beef and Dairy Industries

Managing Food Safety Risks in the Beef Industry

Managing Risks in the Dairy Industry


Managing Risks in the Broiler and Pig Industries

Managing Risks in the Broiler Industry

Managing Food Safety Risks in Pigs


Managing Food Safety Risks in the Wild Game and Fish Capture Industries

Managing Food Safety Risks in Wild Game

Managing Food Safety Risks in the Fishery Industries


Managing Food Safety Risks in Farmed Fish and Shellfish

Managing Food Safety Risks in Farmed Fish

Managing Food Safety Risks in Shrimp


Perceptual and Actual Risks and How We Communicate Them


Dimensions of Risk Perception

Risk Communication

How to Change Bad Food Handling Behavior



About the Authors

Dr. Jan Mei Soon graduated with a Ph.D. in food safety and is currently working as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Agro Based Industry, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan. She is the head of the Food Technology and Security undergraduate program. Jan is passionate about foodborne diseases and outbreak investigations, food safety handling practices, and training. She believes in giving 10 percent of her time and money back to society as part of her rental on earth.

Dr. Richard Baines is the principal lecturer in Management Systems for Food Safety and the Environment and the director of the Food Chain Research Group in the School of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK. In addition to lecturing, Dr Baines also undertakes contract research and consultancy linked to food supply chains and rural development. He has published book chapters and papers in international peer-reviewed journals on food safety, private standards, and the governance of food safety and supply.

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