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.
Producing sufficient amounts of food to feed to world's growing population is an immediate need, but complementing this is the requirement that the food be safe to eat. This includes protection against microbiological, chemical and physical hazards and encompass the entire food chain from the point of production to consumption. The purpose of the Agro Food Safety section is to address timely topics related to providing a food supply throughout the entire food chain. Topics may include 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. In addition to the fundamental and technical aspects of food safety, 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. 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 Report.
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.