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Emerging Food Pathogens: A Concerning New Trend

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31 July 2024

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Professor Salim A. Ibrahim, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES), North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Professor Albert Krastanov, Department of Biotechnology, University of Food Technologies, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Emerging Food Pathogens: A Concerning New Trend

Cogent Food & Agriculture is pleased to invite you to submit your research to the upcoming Article Collection “Emerging Food Pathogens: A Concerning New Trend” organized by Guest Advisors Professor Salim A. Ibrahim and Professor Albert Krastanov.

The emergence of new or unexpected pathogens in foods and food products has been identified as one of the most important trends likely to affect food safety. However, a variety of often-confusing definitions have been proposed for these new pathogens. For example, an emerging pathogen has been defined as one that is linked to a novel disease that presents a serious public health risk. In other cases, the term ‘emerging’ has been used to describe the appearance of microbial strains that have developed enhanced resistance to stresses and have adapted to new environments.  In addition, ‘emerging foodborne pathogens’ are those that may have been previously recognized as pathogens but only recently have become associated with foodborne transmission. In other words, the pathogens are considered to be ‘re-emerging’ as they had been known for some time but had fallen to low levels and are now showing an upward trend.

The aim of this Article Collection is thus to provide readers with timely information related to the issues associated with emerging pathogens in food safety.  We invite authors to submit research manuscripts, reviews, opinions, and other types of scientific manuscripts for this Article Collection.

Emphasis should be in the following areas and related to emerging pathogens in food safety:

  1. Changes in agricultural practices (e.g., increased use of antibiotics in animal production);
  2. Microbial adaptation and evolution (e.g., enhanced virulence);
  3. Technological changes in the food industry (e.g., production, processing, packaging, and handling);
  4. Changes in human behavior and particularly as reflected in the changing eating habits of consumers (e.g., increased consumption of raw/undercooked or minimally processed foods);
  5. Changes in demographics (e.g., migration, urbanization, aging of the population, and increasing number of people with conditions that result in immunosuppression);
  6. Health care and public health infrastructure; and
  7. Development of improved and more sensitive methodologies for the isolation, detection, and identification of foodborne pathogens.

Please review the submission instructions below prior to submitting an abstract and/or manuscript.

Article Collection Guest Advisor(s)

Dr. Salam A. Ibrahim is a Food Science Research Professor in the Food and Nutritional Sciences program at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Ibrahim has established a research program in food safety and microbiology, dairy starter cultures, and probiotics. He has successfully conducted projects that were funded by the NIFA-USDA, NSF, DHS, other funding agencies, and the private sector. Many of his funded projects have focused on the applications of natural compounds to control the growth of foodborne pathogens. Dr. Ibrahim is also interested in isolation of beneficial strains and the functional characterization of related health benefits.

Dr. Albert Krastanov is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Biotechnology at University of Food Technology, Bulgaria. His research interests include the immobilization of microbial enzymes, natural antioxidants and lactic acid bacteria. Dr. Krastanov is also interested in using natural ingredients to inhibit the growth of pathogens in traditional Bulgarian dairy products.

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Submission Instructions

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board.

Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 31st July 2024. Please be sure to select the appropriate Article Collection from the drop-down menu in the submission system and to include any discount codes before you submit as these will not be applied retrospectively.

Please contact Ruby Ru, Commissioning Editor, with any queries and discount codes regarding this Article Collection.

Instructions for AuthorsSubmit an Article

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.