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Featured article: Microbial profile of common spices and spice blends used in Tamale, Ghana

The main purpose of using spice to grill meat is to add aroma, colour, flavour, taste and pungency. However, the purpose is sometime befitted when spice is contaminated with pathogenic bacteria that result in foodborne illnesses and toxicological effect. As this study shows, there may be a health risk associated with consumption of spicy meat from certain joints in Tamale, Ghana.


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The International Journal of Food Contamination publishes baseline, monitoring data, indicating the qualitative and quantitative presence of microbiological and chemical contaminants in foods, animal feed, and their raw materials. For primary production, only data related to agricultural commodities used for food or feed production are eligible for publication.

There are no restrictions on classes of contaminants, and the scope includes both established and emerging hazards, e.g. bacterial pathogens and bacterial toxins, products of microbial activity (such as biogenic amines), viruses, fungi and mycotoxins, marine biotoxins, plant toxins, process and environmental contaminants, migration contaminants from food contact materials, and residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs found in raw materials, food and feed.

Editor's Profile

New Content ItemAndreja Rajkovic is professor of food safety at the department of Food Safety and Food Quality at Ghent University. Research interests include the study of pathogens, microbial toxins, virulence, toxicity of mixtures, and host-pathogen interactions. He is currently a promoter for the ‘Euromix: European Test and Risk Assessment Strategies for Mixtures’ and ‘FutureFood’ projects.  


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