Environment monitoring, security and food quality control Smart-Nanohydrogels as Phage-Delivery Systems for the Control of Foodborne Pathogens

Microbial foodborne diseases are growing worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, one-third of industrialized countries population may be affected each year, mostly infected by pathogens such as Campylobacter or Listeria. Antibiotics are no longer an option for the control of pathogens in food-producing animals, and consumers are increasingly rejecting chemical preservatives. Novel technologies must be explored to improve food safety. Bacteriophages may provide a natural, specific, effective, and non-toxic tool to reduce pathogens in both animals and foodstuff. However, ineffective phage treatments were also reported, mainly related to their environmental-resistance and the appropriate dosage and moment of administration. 


Group manager Pablo Fucinos