In recent years, predictive microbiology and risk assessment software have obtained certain development. Predictive microbiology develops the models that describe and predict the growth or decline of microbes under specified environmental conditions. In this paper, an overall description and comparison of the 16 software tools are presented based on some different criteria ,such as the modeling approach, functional modules, the environmental factors (temperature, pH, aw), the different type of media and the different type of the provided microorganisms. For the fields of current food research and microbiological research, the study provide new idea and reference value for food predictive research field, which meets the need of different users for different microbial research.

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