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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Food Safety Control Improvement for Fresh Produce in Retail Display Cases

Location: Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-32420-005-33
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 04, 2012
End Date: Aug 31, 2014

Objective:
The objective of this cooperative research is to facilitate evaluation of new designs and operations of refrigerated retail display cases as part of a series of food safety technologies and interventions.

Approach:
A range of temperature control sequence options and shelf modifications will be used to evaluate growth of E. coli in packaged fresh-cut leafy greens, produce quality, and shelf-life. Non-pathogenic E. coli will be inoculated onto fresh leafy green produce or cut/shredded then inoculated. The product will be packaged, treated with modified atmosphere, subjected to simulated storage/transport, and placed in refrigerated retail display conditions for evaluation of E. coli survival. Cells of E. coli will be recovered from produce and quantified using standard plating or enrichment procedures.

Last Modified: 12/22/2014
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