FUTURE ISSUE: Microbiological Risk Assessment of the Food Processing and Distribution Chain

MRA book

FUTURE ISSUE: Microbiological Risk Assessment of the Food Processing and Distribution Chain

A book coordinated by Jeanne-Marie Membré on microbiological risk assessment

Membré, J.-M., éd. 2022. Microbiological Risk Assessment associated with the food processing and distribution chain

Sciences. Agronomy and Food Science - Food Safety, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, ISTE Ltd.


According to the World Health Organization, one in every ten people worldwide falls ill from eating contaminated food every year, with 550 million cases of diarrheal diseases. Microbiological risk assessment aims to characterize the nature and probability of harm resulting from human exposure to the biological agents that are present in foodstuffs. This assessment must take into account all stages of the chain: from the production of raw materials to consumption. After briefly introducing food safety and risk assessment, this book details the four major steps of microbiological risk assessment. The contributors first present hazard identification and then exposure assessment, which is subdivided into methods for the detection and enumeration of pathogens and for the quantification of the level of exposure. Then, hazard characterization is subdivided into pathogenicity mechanisms and quantification of the dose–response relationship. Finally a guide for microbiological risk characterization is provided. The conclusion presents possible development avenues for microbiological risk assessment, particularly its integration into a holistic assessment of food systems

The book currently in English version will soon be available in French version.

It is divided into several chapters:

Part 1 : Hazards and Food

CHAPTER 1: Biological Hazard Identification (Pages: 1-25)

Jeanne-Marie Membré, Nabila Haddad

CHAPTER 2: Detection and Enumeration of Foodborne Pathogens and Bacterial Toxins in Food (Pages: 27-68)

Nabila Haddad

CHAPTER 3: Exposure Assessment of Microbial Pathogens (Pages: 69-96)

Maarten Nauta

Part 2 : Food and Risk

CHAPTER 4: Pathogenic Mechanisms of Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens (Pages: 97-140)

Mayra Aguirre Garcia, Nabila Haddad

CHAPTER 5: Microbial Dose–Response Models (Pages: 141-166)

Moez Sanaa, Laurent Guillier

CHAPTER 6: A Guide for Microbiological Risk Characterization (Pages: 167-191)

Laurent Guillier, Moez Sanaa

Conclusion (Pages: 193-203)

Jeanne-Marie Membré

Modification date : 11 September 2023 | Publication date : 16 June 2022 | Redactor : SG