There has been a general increase in demand for ‘organic’ or ‘biodynamic’ produce. As mineral nitrogen fertilizers are prohibited in organic farming, livestock manure often becomes the central fertilizer. Livestock manure is a known potential source of human pathogens, so it can be speculated that the observed increase in vegetable-associated foodborne outbreaks of pathogens is linked to its use. Legislation and guidelines vary regarding minimization of contamination risk in relation to use of livestock manure. An assessment of the effect of differences in management between organic and conventional production systems would help to provide more science-based recommendations for prevention of contamination.
|Title of host publication||Global safety of fresh produce: A handbook of best-practice examples, innovative commercial solutions and case studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Series||Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition|