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Microbiological and observational analysis of cross contamination risks during domestic food preparation

Elizabeth C. Redmond (Food Research and Consultancy Unit, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK)
Christopher J. Griffith (Food Research and Consultancy Unit, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK)
Jenny Slader (PHLS Food Microbiology Research Unit, Exeter, UK)
Tom J. Humphrey (School of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

The use of an observational approach in conjunction with isolation techniques for campylobacter and salmonella detection has facilitated a detailed evaluation of the risk of cross contamination during food preparation. Identification of suspected exposure routes has linked naturally contaminated raw foods with important food‐handling malpractices, contaminated contact surfaces and ready‐to‐eat foods. In a model domestic kitchen, 29 per cent of food preparation sessions resulted in positive campylobacter isolations from prepared salads, cleaning materials and food‐contact surfaces. Typing results showed that specific campylobacter strains isolated from prepared chicken salads were the same as the strains isolated from the raw chicken pieces, indicating microbial transfer during food preparation. Data obtained from this study can be used for exposure assessment, risk management and in the development of consumer risk communication strategies.

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Redmond, E.C., Griffith, C.J., Slader, J. and Humphrey, T.J. (2004), "Microbiological and observational analysis of cross contamination risks during domestic food preparation", British Food Journal, Vol. 106 No. 8, pp. 581-597. https://doi.org/10.1108/00070700410553585

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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