A very interesting talk entitled “From the field to our plate…how do foodborne pathogens survive on plants and how can we control and limit them?” took place on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at the AGRO-Nikos Malathrakis Amphitheater in the Department of Agriculture of the School of Agricultural Sciences of the Hellenic Mediterranean University in Heraklion.
The guest speaker was Dr. Eleftheria Tramparis (Quadram Institute, Norwich, UK).
Foodborne pathogens are a major problem for the food industry in modern times as various fresh, leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, etc.) and fruits can carry bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, Listeria from the farm to the consumer’s table etc. and cause infections (eg, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, fever), some of which can be fatal if not treated promptly and properly. The event aimed to properly inform the public about the extent of the problem and the ways to deal with it.