The second chapter discusses the mode of action of bacterial protein toxins and seeks to clarify the role of conformational changes in the life cycle of a protein toxin. Chapters 8 and 9 provide a more practical discussion of protein assessment for allergenicity and methods for the estimation of protein intake in food, although the rationale including chapter 9 in a book on safety assessment was unclear.
inform March 2009, Vol. 20 (3) 169 Publications book Review the dairy industry is particularly appropri- ate and well done. Chapters 8 and 9 provide a more prac- Food Safety of Proteins in tical discussion of protein assessment for Agricultural Biotechnology allergenicity and methods for the estima- Bruce G. Hammond (ed.) tion of protein intake in food, although the CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2008 rationale including chapter 9 in a book on 298 pages safety assessment was unclear. The author ISBN 9780781700801 provides information on general aspects of dietary assessment that does not seem to be closely related to the rest of the book. Anakalo Shitandi Perhaps Chapter 9 could be reworked in future versions so that it is linked to safety in this book, various experts assessment studies that involve dietary discuss the safety of food pro- intake. Chapter 10 provides useful and inter- teins and agricultural biotech- esting case studies from an industrial per- nology. its 11 chapters provide spective of proteins used in agricultural a balanced and organized dis- biotechnology. However, the cases were not discussed in sufficient detail to see cussion of the safety of food pro- how they might fit into the larger picture of teins and biotechnology and how safety assessment. This could perhaps be protein safety could be assessed. addressed in future versions. In Chapter 11, the text considers While the book may not be suitable the strategy that could be used for safety for beginners, it would be a good assessment that would allow for current and assessment and environmental impact of resource for those who intend to insect-protected Bt crops. future needs. This is a useful chapter, which is thoughtfully arranged and very practi- do food protein safety assessment Chapter 5 discusses the safety assess- cal in scope. and for those who are interested ment of microbial enzymes used in food The book includes an alphabetical processing. This chapter is rather brief, in expanding their knowledge of
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