"With the increasing awareness of food safety as a public health concern, this updated edition of the Compendium is a most timely and extremely valuable resource for any laboratory engaged in food analysis." -Burton W. Wilcke, Jr., Ph.D., Director, Health Surveillance, Vermont Department of Health
The Compendium of Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods, now in its new, 4th Edition, is the all-inclusive reference for anyone involved in the dynamic fields of processing and testing the safety and quality of foods. Food-borne illnesses comprise a significant public health problem, striking 76 million Americans yearly and killing 5,000, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
APHA's Compendium is the authority for food safety testing. The Compendium presents a comprehensive selection of proven testing methods with an emphasis on accuracy, relevance, and reliability. More than 200 experts have reviewed and updated the 64 chapters in this new edition. New material included on meats and meat products.
Contents include: general laboratory procedures, including laboratory quality assurance, environmental monitoring procedures, sampling plans, sample collection, shipment, and preparation for analysis; microorganisms involved in processing and spoilage of foods; foods and the microorganisms involved in their safety and quality; indicator microorganisms and pathogens, microorganisms and food safety: foodborne illness; preparation of microbiological materials-media, reagents, and stains; and much more. Read a Sample (pdf) (http://www.apha.org/media/foodschapter.pdf)
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