Biocontrol of food contamination



1 Food Hygiene and Control Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Benha University

2 Food Quality Control Program , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine , Benha University.


It is first important to understand what the potential hazards are when it comes to food safety.
Food contamination refers to food that has been corrupted by another substance – either physical, biological or chemical.

Biological contamination refers to food that is contaminated by organisms or substances they produce. This includes biological matter produced by humans, rodents, insects and microorganisms.

Bacteria and viruses are typically the two biggest causes of biological contamination and can result in some of the most common types of food poisoning including salmonella, E .coli, listeria and Norovirus. Thoroughly washing your hands and sanitising the food handling equipment are two of the best ways to prevent against bacterial contamination.

Physical contamination is when a foreign object contaminates food. This can happen at any stage of the production process and could include glass, steel wool or pieces of plastic.

Chemical contamination refers to food that has been contaminated with a natural or artificial chemical substance. These contaminants are particularly dangerous as they expose people to any number of toxic substances, some of which can be fatal.


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