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Exposure Assessment and Sensitivity Analysis for Chilled Shrimp During Distribution: A Case Study of Home Delivery Services in Taiwan

Ndraha, Nodali, Hsiao, Hsin‐I
Journal of food science 2019 v.84 no.4 pp. 859-870
Vibrio parahaemolyticus, case studies, cold, cooking, exposure assessment, issues and policy, raw meat, risk reduction, seafood contamination, seafoods, shrimp, temperature profiles, Taiwan
In this study, we evaluated the temperature requirements for home delivery in Taiwan by considering food safety risks of chilled shrimp that may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Pathogenic V. parahaemolyticus was chosen because it was the main cause of foodborne outbreaks originating from contaminated seafood in Taiwan. The risk of becoming ill due to consumption of raw shrimp was estimated to be 7.3 × 10⁻³ per serving, estimated based on the real‐time temperature profile. Lowering the maximum temperature to 7 °C during transit and cooking shrimps at 100 °C for 5 min could reduce the risk by more than 94%. These interventions, therefore, were suggested to be used as an integral part of temperature management control in the home delivery cold chain. These findings can help food authorities to institute temperature management policies and regulations to prevent broken cold chains and reduce food safety risks. PRACTICAL APPLICATION: This research may be applicable to home delivery services that deliver low‐temperature food products, such as seafood products.