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Frontiers in Microbiology / Food Microbiology

Received: 28 July 2015; Accepted: 25 September 2015;
Published: 09 October 2015.

Edited by:

Abd El-Latif Hesham, Assiut University, Egypt

Reviewed by:

Evelien M. Adriaenssens, University of Pretoria, South Africa
David Rodriguez-Lazaro, Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León, Spain

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