Food safety

Risk assessment of choleragenic Vibrio cholerae O1 and O139 in warm-water shrimp in international trade

Microbiological risk assessment series 9, interpretative summary and technical report

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FAO/WHO

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Editors: Rome : FAO
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English

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This document describes the risk assessment of choleragenic Vibrio cholerae O1 and O139 in warm-water shrimp in international trade.

Choleragenic V. cholerae is an important pathogen in many developing countries, where it can cause devastating disease and economic burdens. Within developing cholera-endemic countries, the data needed for a quantitative risk assessment may not be available. However, there is growing information (data on food and human health) indicating that food from developing countries, especially shrimp, in international trade is not a risk for cholera. This risk assessment was undertaken to use the available data to address some of the problems faced by developing countries with respect to the export market for warm-water shrimp