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Health and Security I

Prof. Ryoichi Matsuda


Food Poisoning


     Food poisoning has been one of greatest threats in human history. Prevention of food poisoning started much earlier than emergence of microbiology. In this course, I will focus on the history of food preservation and how it influenced the development of microbiology and medicine. In addition, I will consider the mechanism of food intoxication. New viral diseases caused by avian, swine flu, or Norovirus will also be discussed.



Discovery of bacteria as a cause of food decay and infectious disease

Nicolas Appert won Napoleon's contest

Tragic doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis

Contributions of Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch and Alexander Fleming

Salmonella food poisoning

Biological significance of intestinal bacteria flora


Contaminated toxic substances in foods

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