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Predictive Microbiology in Food Packaging Applications

  1. Shiowshuh Sheen

Published Online: 9 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470054581.eib657

Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology

Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology

How to Cite

Sheen, S. 2013. Predictive Microbiology in Food Packaging Applications. Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology. 1–7.

Author Information

  1. Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit, Eastern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania

  1. Mention of trade names or commercial products in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

  2. This chapter was originally printed as “Applications of predictive microbiology to food packaging” In: The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology, pp. 59–63. 3rd Edition; Edited by Kit L. Yam. Wiley-Black Well Inc., Hoboken, NJ and has been updated to the current form.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2013


The chapter introduces and discusses mathematical modeling of microbial behaviors in foods, known as “predictive microbiology,” which helps describe and predict bacterial growth, inactivation, stress impact, interaction, survival, etc., and may be applied to select proper packaging and enhance food safety.


  • microbiology;
  • food safety;
  • surface transfer;
  • growth rate;
  • meat product