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Advancing the Risk Analysis and Control of Microbial Food Safety

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30 April 2024

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Dr. Jinsong Feng, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Dr. Zhaohuan Zhang, College of Food Science & Technology, Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai, China

Dr. Mofei Shen, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

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Advancing the Risk Analysis and Control of Microbial Food Safety

The 9th Food Microbial Risk Assessment Conference (MicroRisk 2023) and the 6th Food System Bacterial Quorum Sensing Symposium will take place November 15-17, 2023, in Shanghai, China. The primary focus of these events is to address crucial aspects of food microbial safety assessment and control. The conference organizers and CYTA Journal of Food have co-established an article collection entitled "Advancing the Risk Analysis and Control of Microbial Food Safety." This joint initiative aims to provide a platform for experts attending these conferences to discuss and disseminate research findings in this field.

The article collection will serve as a valuable resource for conference attendees and all researchers and experts interested in the area of microbial food safety. By sharing their expertise and research findings, contributors to this article collection will help in improving food safety practices and safeguarding public health. Researchers attending the conference will be encouraged to submit original research, reviews, and studies to this article collection.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Integrated risk assessment: Developing comprehensive and integrated approaches to assess microbial risks in food, considering factors such as hazard identification, exposure assessment, and dose-response relationships. This can help in prioritizing and implementing effective control measures.
  2. Rapid and sensitive detection methods: Advancing the development of rapid and sensitive techniques for detecting and identifying microbial pathogens in food. This includes the application of advanced technologies like next-generation sequencing, biosensors, and molecular-based methods to improve the speed and accuracy of pathogen detection.
  3. Predictive modeling: Improving predictive models to estimate the growth, survival, and behavior of pathogens in different food matrices. These models can assist in assessing the risk of microbial contamination and aid in designing targeted control strategies.
  4. Intervention strategies: Investigating and developing innovative intervention strategies to control and mitigate microbial risks in foods. This may involve exploring novel approaches such as hurdle technology, natural antimicrobial agents, biocontrol methods, or emerging thermal and non-thermal processing technologies.
  5. Emerging challenges: Addressing emerging challenges in microbial risk analysis, such as the impact of climate change, globalization of the food supply chain, emerging pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance. Understanding these challenges and their implications will help in developing proactive and adaptive risk management strategies.

This collection will be guided by guest editors Dr. Jinsong Feng, Dr. Zhaohuan Zhang, and Dr. Mofei Shen with the assistance of Editor-in-Chief Dr. J. Antonio Torres, with the specific responsibility of managing the review of all submissions following the rigorous procedures established by Taylor & Francis to ensure an effective and timely peer review process.

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Dr. Jinsong Feng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Zhejiang University, China. Dr. Feng received his PhD degree at The University of British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on the investigation of the influence of commensal microflora on the survival of foodborne pathogens. His work has been published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Trends in Food Science and Technology, Food Control, and others.

Dr. Zhaohuan Zhang is an Associate Professor in the College of Food Science & Technology at Shanghai Ocean University, China. He is also the Deputy Secretary General of the Youth Working Committee of the Shanghai Food Society and a recipient of the National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents of China and the Shanghai Post-doctoral Excellence Program. His research primary focus is the drug-resistance mechanism of foodborne pathogens, risk assessment, and targeted control strategies. He has published over 40 scientific research papers and has been granted 10 national/international patents. His work is funded by 6 national and provincial research grants, including the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai. For his many accomplishments he has received 6 provincial and ministerial level awards including the Shanghai Natural Science Award in 2020.

Dr. Mofei Shen is an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Zhejiang University, China where he also received his PhD degree. His research focuses on the development of antibacterial materials and the control of food-borne pathogenic bacteria. His work has been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science & Food Safety, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, and others.

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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.