Microbial Contamination and Public Health: An Overview

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jun 17;19(12):7441. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19127441.


Food contamination with microbial agents can take place at any stage of the food chain, from farm to fork. For this reason, good hygienic and manufacturing practices must be followed along the entire food chain to prevent microbiological food contamination due to microbes which can cause high incidence of morbidity and mortality among consumers. Recent research have been focused on the implementation of innovative technologies for enhancing the quality and safety of food without compromising its organoleptic and nutritional characteristics. Studies should be addressed to the development of simple, less expensive, and fast tests for monitoring and controlling microbial food contamination, as well as to the development of new food manufacturing processes.

Keywords: food contamination; food hygiene; food safety; foodborne diseases; good hygienic; innovative technologies; manufacturing practices; microbiological contamination; public health.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Food Contamination / analysis
  • Food Handling
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Food Safety
  • Hygiene
  • Public Health*

Grant support

This research received no external funding.