Food Safety of Proteins in Agricultural Biotechnology by ProQuest


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									         inform March 2009, Vol. 20 (3)                 169

    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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