Background And Historical Significance

Over his distinguished career, E.M. Foster has provided a unique perspective on the history of safe food (Foster, 1997). He has described how, for many, food production and consumption were tied to daily life on a farm. Through experience, time control became the means by which safe food was ensured, because for many people refrigeration was not available. According to Foster, examples of botulism, salmonellosis, and Clostridium perfringens food poisoning from new food vehicles have shown how our perceptions and understanding of safe food change with new knowledge about the capacities of microbial pathogens to adapt and proliferate in selected environments.

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