Risk-analysis of human pathogen spread in the vegetable industry: a comparison between organic and conventional production chains

E. Franz, A.H.C. van Bruggen, A.M. Semenov

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Abstract

An overview is given of recent problems with food-borne enteric human pathogens originating from contaminated agricultural animals. The need for risk analysis is indicated, and the generally accepted procedure for risk assessment is outlined. Two main approaches to probability and risk calculations, namely the “frequentist” and Bayesian approaches, are described. Examples are given of microbial risk assessments in vegetable production that were mainly based on “frequentist” probability assessments. Finally, a Dutch-Russian collaborative project on risk assessment of enteric pathogens in organic and conventional vegetable production chains is outlined, and preliminary data are presented. We conclude that a Bayesian approach, using prior probabilities, is the most appropriate instrument for risk assessment of human-pathogen spread in the vegetable industry
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBayesian Statistics and Quality Modelling in the Agro-Food Production Chain
EditorsM.A.J.S. van Boekel, A. Stein, A.H.C. van Bruggen
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Pages81-94
ISBN (Print)9781402019166
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • bayesian theory
  • foodborne diseases
  • risk assessment
  • pathogens
  • human diseases
  • food contamination
  • vegetables
  • agro-industrial chains

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