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Listeria monocytogenes - A Global Food Safety and Public Health Concern


Pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes Gram-positive Bacterium Foodborne Prevalence Ready-to-eat food Listeriosis Detection Control Food-Processing Facilities

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The world’s fast-growing population, which reached 7.5 billion in April 2017 and is projected to reach about 10 billion by 2050, is putting huge pressure on governments and the food industry to increase food production. This trend may result in more food safety issues that will negatively affect global public health, trade and economic growth. According to the 2015 World Health Organization estimates, foodborne illnesses cause the disease of 600 million people and kill 420,000 people every year worldwide. Three types of hazards can contaminate food at any step from farm to table and cause foodborne illness: biological, chemical and physical hazards. Biological hazards (bacteria, viruses, and parasites) are associated with most foodborne illness outbreaks in both developed and developing countries. According to the WHO estimates, bacterial and viral pathogens are responsible for 82 percent of all foodborne illnesses worldwide. Listeria is a very dangerous foodborne pathogen that can be found in soil, water, and animal digestive tracts. It survives under many food processing conditions such as low water activity, high pH and salt concentration, it can also multiply at refrigeration temperatures. It is mostly associated with ready-to-eat food such as smoked fish, prepared salads and
sandwiches, etc.

Listeria monocytogenes causes one of the most serious and life-threatening diseases (listeriosis), usually caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. An estimate of 1,600 people get sick (especially at risk-groups including pregnant women, newborns, old people (65 years old and above), people with weakened immune systems, etc.) and about 260 die (Listeria is the third leading cause of death from foodborne illness in the U.S.) each year, in the U.S. from Listeriosis.

The main goal of the book is to provide accurate and updated information on Listeria monocytogenes so governments (decision-makers), food industry, consumers, and other stakeholders can implement appropriate preventative measures to control Listeria monocytogenes. This book will cover several topics including the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in developed countries, the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in developing countries, the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat food, detection of Listeria monocytogenes in Food, control of Listeria monocytogenes in food-processing facilities, etc.

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Date completed: October 30th 2019

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Expected publication date: June 7th 2020

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About the editor

Barakat Mahmoud

Dr. Mahmoud is an international food safety expert with 30 years of experience in food safety. He was Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at MSU. Prior to that, he was holding a Postdoctoral position (in Food Safety) at Purdue University. He earned his PhD in Marine Biosciences (Food Safety) from Hokkaido University (Japan). Prior to that he was a Visiting Scientist at University of Lisbon (Portugal). He was holding a Researcher position at the NRC (Egypt) between 1994 and 2000. He got his BSc/MSc degrees in Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University. The main goal of Dr. Mahmoud’s work is to Protect Public Health; Reduce the prevalence of Foodborne Illness and promote the introduction of safer food using novel technologies. Dr. Mahmoud got more than $1M from the USDA, States and Food Industry to support his Research (between 2008 and 2016). Dr. Mahmoud published about 100 publications (in international journals and/or conferences), two book chapters and edited a book entitled 'Salmonella-A Dangerous Foodborne Pathogen” (His publications were cited more than 1200 times). He served as an editor-in-chief, editor/editorial board member for several international journals including Food Microbiology, Journal of Food Protection, Foodborne Pathogens & Disease, and African Journal of Food Science. Dr. Mahmoud has provided technical assistance in food safety in several developing countries in Africa, Asia, Central America, Middle East, and the Caribbean including Egypt, Malawi, Mozambique, Lebanon, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, etc.

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