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International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health

International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health (IJFSNPH)

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International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health (4 papers in press)

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  • Physical hazards analysis in United States meat and poultry recalls products   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohd Taufiq Mohd Khairi, Sallehuddin Ibrahim, Mohd Amri Md Yunus 
    Abstract: This study analyses the food recalls caused by physical hazards among meat and poultry products using dataset obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The data was collected between 2014 and 2019. It encompassed a total of 104 foods under the category of physical hazards which were recalled. The global chi-square test was used to investigate the association between topic categories. The results show that there is no association between the year versus the number of food recalls by food products. In addition, there is no association for the year versus foreign bodies types as well as the food products versus foreign bodies types. The chi-square per cell test also was utilized to enable a deeper analysis of the contingency table. Poultry products recorded the highest number of recalls with 39 cases, followed by beef and pork with 38 and 26 cases, respectively. Concerning foreign bodies, plastic fragments were the most detected objects with 42 cases, followed by metal and unknown objects with 29 and 11 cases, respectively. The ways on how to manage the physical hazards such as precautionary measures plan and detection technologies are also discussed in this paper. It is vital to detect a physical hazard as early as possible and all affected products should remove from the market immediately.
    Keywords: Food recall; Food safety; Foreign object.

  • Growth kinetics of coliform bacteria isolated from food   Order a copy of this article
    by Gizem Özlük Çilak, Hayriye Bahar, Ümmü Büşra Yavuz, Eda Nilsun Emin, Sinan Bostan, Hilal Selamoğlu Ata, Kadir Halkman 
    Abstract: It was aimed to obtain the growth kinetic parameters of food related coliform bacteria so that the industry can take action against not only to well-known Escherichia coli but also all. Isolates of Citrobacter freundii, Enterobacter aerogenes, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae were obtained from food samples and pure cultures were inoculated to three different media (tryptic soy broth, lauryl sulphate tryptose broth and lactose broth) and incubated at two different temperatures (28
    Keywords: coliform; Escherichia coli; Klebsiella pneumoniae; Citrobacter freundii; Enterobacter aerogenes; Enterobacter cloacae; kinetic factors; specific growth rate; generation time.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJFSNPH.2022.10048613
     
  • Childhood obesity, food insecurity and climate change: a tale of two island groups   Order a copy of this article
    by Paul Calleja, Sara Darias-Curvo, Claire Copperstone, Daniel Cauchi 
    Abstract: The Canary Islands and Malta are two island groups currently experiencing high childhood overweight and obesity rates, with prevalence reported at over 40% for Malta and 44.2% for the Canary Islands [using World Health Organisation (WHO) cut-off criteria]. This study compares the childhood obesity situation in both islands, taking into consideration their specific vulnerabilities, the main initiatives to address obesity in both countries, and reports on progress achieved. Childrens dietary and physical activity behaviours in both islands continue to be problematic, but other concerns such as the reliance on food imports and potential climate change impacts remain. Some strategies and initiatives are in place, but there are few progress indicators documented. Public health proposals should investigate the broader causes of obesity, and the potential link between childhood obesity and the specific vulnerabilities of small islands, to find more targeted solutions.
    Keywords: childhood obesity; Canary Islands; Malta; vulnerabilities; climate change; food insecurity.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJFSNPH.2022.10048373
     
  • Behaviours of seafood consumption and risk perceptions in small island developing states, Mauritius following the MV Wakashio oil spill   Order a copy of this article
    by Devendra Appadoo, Dayawatee Goburdhun, Arvind Ruggoo 
    Abstract: The study aims at exploring seafood consumption pattern, risk perceptions and degree of concern regarding the safety of local seafoods before, during and five months after the MV Wakashio oil spill amongst a sample of 400 respondents including three sub-categories namely fishermen (n = 100), consumers in impacted zones (n = 150) and consumers in inland areas (n = 150) using a well-structured questionnaire during face to face interviews. There was a decline in local seafood consumption and an increase in imported seafood consumption from the pre-spill period to the spill and post-spill periods. This was more prevalent among respondents from the impacted zones than the inland respondents. The findings indicate that the oil spill had adverse impacts on Mauritian consumers.
    Keywords: behaviours; seafood consumption; risk perceptions; MV Wakashio oil spill; environmental pollution; seafood safety; seafood quality.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJFSNPH.2022.10051504