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Microbes are found all over the globe with some few exceptions, including sterilized surfaces. They include normal flora that is nonpathogenic, which contribute to the larger percentage, and pathogenic species which are few. Hence, the activities of humans cannot be completely separated from microbes. Thus, many pathogenic microbes have found their way into fresh fruits and vegetables which are a great source of a healthy diet for humans. The growing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables has necessitated larger production. The larger production of vegetables within the shortest possible time to meet the growing demand has placed them at a higher risk of contamination with the pathogenic microbes, making the safety of consumers uncertain. Study of sources of contamination and type of pathogenic etiological agents isolated from fresh fruits and vegetables includes Bacillus cereus, Campylobacter jejuni, Clostridium botulinum, E. coli O157: H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., Shigella, Staphylococcus, and Vibrio cholera. Several measures have proven to be effective in controlling contamination of microbes and they include the establishment of surveillance systems to monitor the production chain and thoroughly washing vegetables with vinegar water. Saltwater and other washing techniques are effective but caution should be taken to make sure one does not use one cycle of water for washing all vegetables. The consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is still encouraged by this review but significant measures must be taken to check the safety of these products before consumption.
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Date and Time
Thursday, August 18, 2022
09:00 am GMT / 10:00 am BST
Speakers Avatar Dr. Gadafi Iddrisu Balali, PhD Researcher and College Tutor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Gadafi Iddrisu Balali is currently a PhD Researcher and a College Tutor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and the Department of Science Education, Seventh-day Adventist College of Education, Agona, Ashanti Region, Ghana respectively. He teaches undergraduate students Biology. His current research is on the Molecular Characterization of Clostridium species. He is a member of the American Society of Microbiology, World Health Organization/Tropical Diseases Research (WHO/TDR) and Ghana Science Association.

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