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A review on inactivation methods of Toxoplasma gondii in foods.

A new interesting article has been published in Pathog Glob Health. 2018 Oct 22:1-14. doi: 10.1080/20477724.2018.1514137. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

A review on inactivation methods of Toxoplasma gondii in foods.

Authors of this article are:

Mirza Alizadeh A, Jazaeri S, Shemshadi B, Hashempour-Baltork F, Sarlak Z, Pilevar Z, Hosseini H.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by Toxoplasma gondii, a widespread zoonotic protozoan which poses a great threat to human health and economic well-being worldwide. It is usually acquired by ingestion of water contaminated with oocysts from the feces of infected cats or by the ingestion of raw or undercooked foodstuff containing tissue cysts. The oocyst can contaminate irrigation water and fresh edible produce. It is estimated that approximately one-third of the human population worldwide harbor this parasite. Infection with T. gondii is an important cause of diseases of the central nervous system and the eye in immunocompromised and immunocompetent individuals. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and applicability of thermal (heating, cooking, freezing and low temperature), non-thermal (high pressure processing, ionizing irradiation and curing) and chemical and biochemical (disinfection, essential oils and biochemical methods such as enzymes, nanoparticles, antibiotics and immune response) treatments for the inactivation, inhabitation or to kill T. gondii in foodstuff intended for public consumption and under experimental conditions.

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Toxoplasma gondii;chemical and biochemical;foodborne toxoplasmosis;inactivation treatment;non-thermal;thermal


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