Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorIjabadeniyi, Oluwatosin Ademola
dc.contributor.authorBuys, E. M.
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-06T12:18:23Z
dc.date.available2012-12-06T12:18:23Z
dc.date.issued2012-09-11
dc.identifier.citationIjabadeniyi, O.A. and Buys, E.M. "Irrigation water and microbiological safety of fresh produce : South Africa as a case study : a review." African Journal of Agricultural Research. 7(35) (2012): pp. 4848-4857en_US
dc.identifier.issn1991-637X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10321/800
dc.description.abstractIrrigation water is perhaps the leading pre-harvest source of contamination of fresh produce in the world. In this review, the impact of contaminated surface irrigation water on bacterial contamination of fresh produce was examined. Some practical solutions to prevent or reduce this challenge were also considered. In South Africa, fruit and vegetables are produced on a large scale by commercial farmers who depend on surface water for their cultivation. However, the surface water, that is, rivers- has been reported to be heavily contaminated with Escherichia coli and feacal coliforms. There is a concern that contaminated surface water used for irrigation may contaminate fresh vegetables which may also have a negative effect on the export of vegetables to the EU and USA. Consumption of vegetables contaminated with foodborne pathogens presents a public health risk especially in countries like South Africa that has more than 5 million people with immune-system compromised diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis. Other groups of people that may be negatively affected because of the contaminated surface water are those who are directly and indirectly associated with the production of fresh vegetables such as pickers, handlers, packers and farmers that participate in the production of vegetables during pre-harvest and post-harvest. Prevention of contamination of fresh produce from both pre-harvest and post-harvest sources especially irrigation water still remains the only effective way to protect the public. However, for this to occur, every stakeholder in the production industry must have a culture of food safety.en_US
dc.format.extent10 pen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAcademic Journalsen_US
dc.subjectIrrigation wateren_US
dc.subjectPathogensen_US
dc.subjectFresh produceen_US
dc.subject.lcshFarm produceen_US
dc.subject.lcshPathogensen_US
dc.subject.lcshIrrigation wateren_US
dc.titleIrrigation water and microbiological safety of fresh produce : South Africa as a case study : a reviewen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.academicjournals.org/ajar/PDF/pdf2012/11%20Sep/Ijabadeniyi%20and%20Buys.pdfen_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnumDUT-001720


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record