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With the setting up of the microbiology laboratory at the Environment Institute of the JRC Ispra, some of the more interesting possibilities of the laboratory's equipment have been evaluated in the sector of the microbiological testing of foodstuffs. Given the virtually unique potential of the laboratory, it will be possible to undertake thorough studies on microorganisms which are as yet little known and whose real significance in the sector of food microbiology is yet to be outlined, because of their special cultural requirements. It will also be possible to experiment with new and faster analytical methods on germs of traditional interest in this context and for which official procedures envisage rather complex manipulations and the time scale of acquisition of results in the order of several days. The laboratory equipment, which allows the creation of optimum conditions for the development of practically all the microbe species of potential interest in food microbiology, will also allow research on the various types of toxigenic germs, the aim of which will be to define real criteria for the prevention of the consequences of the extremely poisonous effects on man of these bacterial and mould toxins. Studies will be orientated not only towards characterising these substances, but also particularly the factors which encourage microbial contamination of products intended for human consumption as a fundamental point in any further involvement of man in episodes of toxic infection.

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Authors: D'ANTONIO S, Associazione Biologi Italiani Alimenti e Nutrizione (IT);PASTONI F, Associazione Biologi Italiani Alimenti e Nutrizione (IT);BIGNAMI M E, Associazione Biologi Italiani Alimenti e Nutrizione (IT);BORGHI R, Associazione Biologi Italiani Alimenti e Nutrizione (IT);MARENGO G, JRC Ispra (IT);SERRINI G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Attualità Scientifica (1991) pp. 14-18
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