The Agro-Food Safety section publishes the latest research on biotic and abiotic contamination across the whole food supply chain and its relation to food spoilage and food waste, economically motivated contamination, risk management and food preservation. This section welcomes contributions that integrate food safety research within a sustainability framework to effectively address the current challenges in achieving global food security.
Agro-Food Safety, a specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, publishes original, peer reviewed research on timely topics related to providing a safe food supply throughout the entire food chain.
Producing sufficient amounts of food to feed the world's growing population is an immediate need, but complementing this is the requirement that the food be safe to consume. Ensuring a safe food supply includes protection against microbiological, chemical and physical hazards and encompasses the entire food chain from the point of production to consumption. The Agro-Food Safety section aims to break with the traditional disciplinary silos by integrating the fundamental and technical aspects of food safety with the sustainability of food safety standards, their regulatory framework and how this links to broader food security issues and their socio-economic context.
The Agro-Food Safety section welcomes high quality and original contributions on foodborne pathogens, chemical contamination/food toxicology, risk analysis for biotic and abiotic contamination of food, food preservation and antimicrobial food preservatives, the use of antibiotics in food production and antimicrobial resistance, issues associated with aquaculture production, microbial and chemical food spoilage and food waste, and economically motivated contamination with non-nutritional food additives. Integrative topics could include, for example, how food safety regulations that affect farm management practices may influence biodiversity, and how removing food safety interventions such as antimicrobial preservatives can affect public health. Article types will encompass original research, technology reports, systematic reviews, case studies, mini reviews, policy briefs, perspectives, hypothesis and theory, general commentaries, and editorials.
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Agro-Food Safety welcomes submissions of the following article types: Case Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Agro-Food Safety, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Agro-Food Safety will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Sustainable Food Systems.
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