Career in Food Microbiology
Microbiology is the study of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, algae, and various other microscopic forms of life.
Food Microbiology studies the interaction of microbes and food. This field of study is vast. It includes the study of microbes and their advantageous and adverse effects on raw and processed foods’ quality and safety. This discipline covers various aspects of food, from harvest to consumption. However, it is very much different from nutrition.
Food microbiology is the study of microbes associated with food. This includes studying how to identify microbes and classify them based on how they live and how these microbes can be used based on their features. Food microbiologists study the microbes that inhibit, form, or contaminate food. This includes the study of microbes causing food spoilage, pathogens that might cause disease (particularly if food is not properly stored or cooked), microorganisms utilized to produce fermented foods like yogurt, cheese, bread, wine, and beer, microbes with other helpful functions, like producing probiotics.
Who are Food Microbiologists?
A Food Microbiologist is responsible for ensuring food products’ quality through microbiological analysis and monitoring food safety and hygiene system.
Food microbiologists study which pathogens spoil food, how they spoil food, which microbes are useful in producing foods etc. They study food poisoning, spoilage, and preservation. But, they are not directly involved