Agri-Food Safety Handbook from C.H.I.P.S.

Safety in the
Agri-Food Chain

edited by P. A. Luning

This book covers the total agri-food chain.

Safety in the Agri-Food Chain includes:

  • a clear overview of the food production chain
  • distinct safety risk factors (biological, chemical, physical and others) occuring in the agri-food chain
  • various systems to handle risk factors
  • quality assurance systems
  • risk management
  • modelling of safety
  • tracking and tracing
  • different stakeholders (consumer, legislation, ethics) that are concerned with food safety

Safety in the Agri-Food Chain is a key handbook for the food and agricultural industries.


Agri-food production chain

  • Quality attributes of food in the production chain
  • Overview of the Food Production Chain and factors affecting quality attributes
  • Quality management activities with respect to safe food production chain
  • Organic food production and safety

Biological hazards

  • Study objectives and structure of chapter
  • Types of biological hazards
  • Principal means of food contamination (How microorganisms reach food)
  • Microbial growth in food (how microorganisms survive and grow in food stuffs)

Chemical hazards

  • Food intoxications and food sensitivities
  • Basic toxicological considerations
  • Food sensitivities
  • Food additives
  • Residues
  • Environmental contaminants
  • Process contaminants
  • Microbiological contaminants
  • Endogenous toxicants
  • Legislative information and further reading

Physical hazards in the agri-food chain

  • Physical Contaminants: definition and classification
  • Non-radioactive physical contamination
  • Radioactive contamination

Miscellaneous hazards

  • Objectives
  • Background
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and associated foods
  • Risk to human health
  • Risk assessment
  • Legislative measures
  • Novel and functional foods
  • Potential risks
  • Legislative measures

Quality assurance systems and food safety

  • Technological and managerial aspects in quality assurance
  • Principles of Quality Assurance systems
  • Quality assurance systems and assuring food safety
  • Total Quality Management

Design and implementation of an HACCP system

  • Preparation for management in the food industry
  • Requirements before applying HACCP
  • Development of an HACCP plan
  • Implementation
  • Verification and maintenance
  • Future proposal

Steps in the risk management process

  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management and food safety issues
  • Risk communication and food safety issues
  • Principles of enterprise risk management

Modelling food safety

  • Modelling microbial behaviour: predictive microbiology
  • Modelling of migration from packaging materials
  • Risk assessment: a quantitative approach

Traceability in food supply chains

  • Relationship between quality systems and traceability in food chains 443
  • Traceability systems
  • International benchmark study on traceability systems
  • Technology for traceability systems
  • Major research themes and questions for discussion

Microbial analysis of food

  • Objectives
  • Detection, identification and typing of foodborne pathogens
  • Case studies in detection and quantification/enumeration of pathogens and their toxins

Analysis of chemical food safety

  • Chemical risk evaluation via food analysis
  • Some examples of chemical analysis protocols for the identification and quantification of chemical risk factors

Modern european food safety law

  • Food law: development, crisis and transition
  • The General Food Law: general provisions of food law
  • The General Food Law: institutional aspects
  • The composition of food
  • Food handling
  • Informed choice: presentation of food products
  • Globalization

Consumer perception of safety in the agri-food chain

  • Consumer motivations for food choice
  • Consumer decision-making and consumer behaviour
  • Food safety facts versus consumer perception
  • Food risk perception
  • Selected cases in food safety perception

Ethics in food safety

  • General introduction to ethics
  • Principles of food ethics and safety
  • Special issues in food ethics and safety

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