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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Improving Food Safety and Quality of Fresh and Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables

Location: Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory

Project Number: 1245-32420-005-06
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 09, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
The objective of this research will be: (1) Develop techniques to improve food safety and quality of fresh and fresh-cut produce using ultra-sound and other emerging technology; (2) Investigate the effect of various new sanitizers on pathogen reduction and shelf-life extension of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables; and (3) Gain a greater understanding of how fresh-cut processing conditions affect plant metabolism, microbial growth, and their interactions.

Approach:
Our cooperative approach will be: (1) Evaluate the effect of electrolyzed water and ultra-sound on microbial inhibition and shelf-life improvement of fresh-cut produce; (2) Study the effect of new sanitizers, including SANOVA and Tsunami etc. on pathogen reduction, product quality and shelf-life; and (3) Evaluate produce.

Last Modified: 7/30/2014
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