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Hangzhou Foods
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NY9406 Downy Mildew on seedlings - factsheet
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Parsley Disease Handbook
Parsnip Variety Trials
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Reclaimed water use in Victoria
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Sclerotina - Lettuce Conference 2002
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Summer Root Rot in Parsley
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Tobamoviruses
Vegetable Disease Program
Vegetable Diseases in Australia
Vegetables Viruses
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VG00031 Peas - downy mildew & collar rot
VG00031 Peas - Downy Mildew - metalaxyl resistance
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VG00044 Clubroot - Applicator design
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VG00044 Clubroot - Strategic application
VG00044 Clubroot – Introduction
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VG00044 Clubroot – Prevention & Hygiene
VG00044 Clubroot – Understanding Risk
VG00044 Total Clubroot Management
VG00048 Alternate fungicides for sclerotinia control
VG00048 Brassica green manure conference paper 2004
VG00048 Brassica Green Manure Update 16
VG00048 Brassica Green Manure Update 18
VG00048 Diallyl Disulphide - DADS - trials
VG00048 Lettuce - Sclerotinia biocontrol
VG00048 Lettuce Sclerotina - Biocontrols
VG00058 Pea - Collar Rot
VG00069 Cucumber & Capsicum diseases
VG00084 Beetroot for Processing
VG01045 Bunching Vegetables - disease control
VG01049 Compost - Benefits
VG01049 Compost - Choosing a Supplier
VG01049 Compost - Getting Started
VG01049 Compost - Introduction
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VG01049 Safe Use of Poultry Litter
VG01082 Broccoli Adjuvant Poster
VG01082 Broccoli Head Rot
VG01096 Article - White Rot research
VG01096 Integrated Control of Onion White Rot
VG01096 Poster - Alternative fungicides
VG01096 Poster - Diallyl Disulphide - DADS
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VG02020 Capsicum - Sudden Wilt
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VG02105 Vegetable Seed Dressing Review
VG02118 White Blister
VG03003 Lettuce - Varnish Spot
VG03092 Lettuce - Shelf Life
VG03100 Retailing Vegetables - Broccolini®
VG04010 Maximising returns from water
VG04012 Hydroponic lettuce - root rot
VG04013 Brassica White Blister
VG04013 White Blister - Control Strategies
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VG04013 White Blister - Symptoms
VG04013 White Blister - Workshop Notes
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VG04014 Clubroot Guidebook
VG04014 Clubroot Poster
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VG04019 Nitrate & Nitrite in Leafy Veg
VG04021 Vegetable Seed Treatment
VG04025 Parsley Root Rot
VG04059 Diagnostic test kits
VG04061 White Blister - alternative controls
VG04061 White Blister - Workshop 2007
VG04062 Beetroot Study Tour
VG04067 IPM - Lettuce Aphid
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VG05014 IPM - Native vegetation pt1
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VG05045 Parsnip Canker
VG05051 Climate Change
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VG05068 Baby Leaf Salad Crops
VG05073 Mechanical Harvesting
VG05090 Green Bean - Sclerotinia
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VG06014 Revegetation for thrip control
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VG06046 Parsley Root Rot
VG06047 Celery - Septoria Predictive Model
VG06066 LOTE Grower Communications
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VG06088 IPM - Lettuce Aphid trials
VG06092 Pathogens - Gap Analysis
VG06092 Pathogens of Importance - poster
VG06140 Beetroot - colour quality
VG07010 Systemic aquired resistance
VG07015 Curcubit field guide
VG07070 Conference Notes 2008
VG07070 Foliar diseases
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VG07070 Predicting Downy Mildew on Lettuce
VG07070 White Blister - Chinese Cabbage
VG07070 White Blister - Cultural Controls
VG07070 Workshop Notes - 2008
VG07070 Workshop Notes - 2010
VG07125 IPM - soilborne diseases
VG07126 Biofumigation oils for white rot
VG07126 New approaches to sclerotina
VG07127 White Blister - Alternative Controls
VG08020 Optimising water & nutrient use
VG08026 Pythium - field day
VG08026 Pythium - workshop 2010
VG08026 Pythium control strategies - overview
VG08107 - Carbon Footprint - workshop
VG08107 - Carbon Footprint part 1 - definitions
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VG08107 - Carbon Footprint part 3 - calculators
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VG08426 Parsnip - Pythium Notes 2010
VG09086 Evaluation of Vegetable Washing
VG09159 Grower Study Tour- Spring Onions & Radish
VG96015 Carrot Crown Rot
VG96015 Carrot Defects - Poster
VG97042 Export - Burdock, Daikon and Shallots
VG97051 Pea - ascochyta rot
VG97064 Greenhouse Tomato and Capsicum
VG97084 Green Bean - white rot
VG97103 Celery Mosaic Virus
VG98011 Carrot - Cavity Spot
VG98048 Lettuce - Adapting to Change
VG98083 Lettuce - rots & browning
VG98085 GM Brassicas
VG98093 Microbial hazards - review
VG98093 Safe vegetable production
VG99005 Quality wash water
VG99008 Clubroot - rapid test
VG99016 Compost and Vegetable Production
VG99030 Globe Artichokes - value adding
VG99054 Onions - Theraputic Compounds
VG99057 Soil Health Indicators
VG99070 IPM - Celery
Victorian soil health
VN05010 Folicur - alternative carriers
VN05010 Onion White Rot - Fungicides
VN05010 Onion White Rot - summary
VX00012 Metalaxyl breakdown
VX99004 Clean & Safe Fresh Vegetables
Whitefly & Viruses
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VG98093 Microbial hazards - review

This review was carried out early in the project looking at the microbiological hazards in the vegetable industry.

This review identifies the human microbial pathogens that have been associated with fresh vegetables and which are known to pose a risk or are suspected of doing so.

Three classes of organisms were examined :

  1. BACTERIA

  2. PARASITES

  3. VIRUSES
Authors
Julia Behrsing
Robert Premier

A review of Microbiological Hazards in the Vegetable Industry - 2002
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Summary :

A number of different organisms have been isolated from vegetables in random overseas surveys including Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella spp., Yersinia enterocolitica, Aeromonas spp., Staphylococcus aureus, Cryptosporidium spp. and 61 enteroviruses.

Bacterial contamination was identified as originating from 3 major routes, the soil, manure (faecal material) and contaminated water and handling by an infected individual.

Organisms which can be found in soil and which have caused disease outbreaks in vegetables include Bacillus cereus, Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes.

Contaminants that can be spread from faecal matter and contaminated water and which have been associated with vegetable borne disease outbreaks include Salmonella spp., E. coli, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and Campylobacter spp.

Yersinia enterocolitica and Aeromonas spp. have been isolated from vegetables but have not been associated with vegetable borne disease outbreaks.

Disease outbreaks caused through direct contamination via an infected food handler have been linked to Shigella spp. and Staphylococcus aureus.

Parasites of concern include : Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Cyclospora.

Cryptosporidium is ubiquitous in the environment and has been responsible for many large waterborne disease outbreaks.

It is possible that it may find it's way onto vegetables via irrigation water or run-off from surface waters.

Giardia has also been the cause of many waterborne outbreaks and has been linked to foodborne outbreaks.

Cyclospora is a newly recognised parasite that may contaminate fresh vegetables and was recently responsible for a large outbreak in the U.S. associated with fresh raspberries as well as some smaller outbreaks involving basil and mesclum mix.

Viral disease is as common in Australia as bacterial disease outbreaks.

Those of concern include hepatitis A, enteroviruses, Norwalk-like viruses and small round shaped viruses.

Recommendations :

Detailed data for foodborne disease outbreaks linked to fresh vegetables are severely lacking in Australia.

However, this review has shown that there is enough evidence to suggest that they could be a significant vehicle for disease outbreaks.

Consequently, the vegetable industry needs to adopt good production practices at ail stages of the production and handling chain.

Preharvest practices include :

  • the use of properly treated manures

  • clean water for irrigation

  • provision of suitable facilities for workers, such as toilets and hand washes

Postharvest it encompasses :

  • the use of clean equipment (processing and transport)

  • adequately sanitised water

  • adoption of good personal hygiene practices.

Good food handling practices need to be adopted where appropriate. These include :

  • proper protective clothing

  • basic knowledge of food safety practices

The Australian vegetable industry needs to be proactive in developing its own food safety guidelines. These are urgently needed to minimise the risk of foodborne disease from vegetables.

Acknowledgments :

We would like to thank John Faragher, Bruce Tomkins and Scott Ledger for their contribution as members of the project management team for the Safe Vegetable Production publication.

As well as the industry team members and those who reviewed the guide, these people are listed in the guide.

In addition, John Faragher for his advice and contribution towards developing the strawberry industry food safety guide.

Peter Franz for his help with the statistical analysis, Janet Tregenza for her technical assistance with the farmgate survey,

Susan Pascoe for her assistance in collection and analysis of the soil samples and the Microbiological Diagnostics Unit for help received in setting up the methodology for the irrigation water analyses.

This project was commissioned by Horticulture Australia Limited with funds frrom the Vegetable R&D levy and the Victorian State Government..

The Australian Government provides matched funding for all HAL's R&D activities.


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