New Zealand produces a range of ready-to-eat dried meat products where food safety often relies on a cook or fermentation step. However, some dried products use water activity, pH or added ingredients to ensure food safety. There is little documented proof to support validation of the food safety aspects of the drying process. This review determines if any existing models can be used to validate this process and provide guidance or a predictive model for the inactivation of pathogens of concern.
Review of predictive models and data for the inactivation of pathogens during the production of ready-to-eat, dried, non-fermented, uncooked meat products