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What are Notifiable Diseases? Infectious diseases are diseases that occurs when pathogens (disease-causing agents) get into our bodies. They are usually in the form of bacteria and viruses but may also include parasites. Consider common diseases that require immunization such as measles, mumps, tetanus and chicken pox. These are all due to infectious pathogens. Some infectious diseases […]

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Microbial analysis is used in the food industry to determine the microbial content of foods and as a verification, measurement to determine the adequacy of cleaning and sanitation. Common tests that you will encounter include the following. Aerobic Plate Count (APC): This test is also called aerobic colony count, standard plate count (SPC) and total […]

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Objective To determine cleanliness of food contact surface    Background A food contact surface is a surface in a food processing facility that normally comes into contact with food during its preparation. These surfaces may include processing equipment, cutting boards, utensils, sinks, counters and tabletops. They must be properly cleaned before use in food production. […]

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Introduction On September 1928, Alexander Fleming, Professor of Bacteriology at St. Mary’s Hospital in London was sorting through petridishes of Staphylococcus culture when he noticed that one of the petridishes had a growth of mold. He noticed interestingly that the zone around the mold was clear of bacteria. This indicated that the mold was producing […]

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There are several common sources of pathogens that you should be aware of. The ones discussed in this article include irrigation water, soil, animals, insects, the processing environment, air and fomites. Understanding how these sources cause infection and illness may help to keep us safe. Irrigation water Waterborne pathogens may live on plant surfaces and […]

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