Thursday, 23 August 2012
Ready-to-eat (RTE) nuts and seeds are considered to be similar products in terms of their physical composition and production processes.
Traditionally, RTE nuts and seeds have been a popular RTE food in Ireland, particularly due to their health benefits.
RTE nuts and seeds are considered relatively safe due to their low moisture content despite little published data on their microbiological quality. However, in recent years there have been a number of incidents worldwide relating to the detection of Salmonella spp. and other pathogens in RTE nuts and seed.
This study investigated the microbiological and chemical safety of 891 samples of pre-packaged ready-to-eat nuts and seed products on sale in the Republic of Ireland.