Modelling Bacterial Growth

The Food Safety Centre specialises in Predictive Microbiology, a discipline that describes interactions between microorganisms and their environment through models. Research results in predictive tools that assist food industries and regulatory bodies manage risk in food systems.

Examples include the MLA Refrigeration Index that resulted in amended quarantine (AQIS) orders to manage the microbiological safety of meats exported from Australia.

Other models have been developed to manage risks of spoilage and pathogenic bacteria in seafood and dairy products.

Food Safety Centre expertise includes service on expert panels, involvement in industry-focused workshops, assistance on technical publications and provision of advice to individual companies.