Seventeenth conference on food microbiology pages:187
Conference on food microbiology edition:17 location:Brussels, Belgium date:20-21 September 2012
This research aims to design a model and interpret the occurrence of listeriosis in smoked fish products in Belgium between 2008-2009, using 2D Monte Carlo (2D-MC) and sensitivity analysis methods to estimate the most relevant factors of the final risk estimate. Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA) is a structured methodology used to assess the risk involved by ingestion of the pathogen using specified conditions.
It focuses on the consumers phase of the food chain, and uses specific time/space(local) data for the Belgian case. Different mathematical, statistical and microbiological models and methodologies, combined with an accurate exploitation of local data sets are used.
The main expected output is the risk, which is further assessed through the use of sensitivity analysis techniques to measure the influence of the input variables on it.