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As the Microbiology Laboratory has now been set up at the Environment Institute of the JRC Ispra, some of the most interesting possibilities of the laboratory's equipment have been evaluated in the sector of the microbiological testing of foodstuffs. 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 to be carried out on the various types of toxigenic germs. The aim of this research will be to define real criteria for the prevention of the consequences of the extremely poisonous effects on man which these bacterial and mould toxins sometimes have. Studies will be orientated not only towards characterising these substances, but also towards the factors which encourage microbic contamination of products intended for human consumption as a fundamental point in any further involvement of man in episodes of toxic infection. Consideration can also be taken, particularly in the future, of problems concerning viral contamination of waters intended for human consumption, as a starting point for any further developments in the ambit of this as yet hardly known branch of microbiology.

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Authors: PASTONI F, JRC Ispra (IT);MARENGO G, JRC Ispra (IT);SERRINI G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13511 IT (1991) 15 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 6
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