Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 24, 2009
Publication Date: February 20, 2009
Citation: Niemira,B. 2009. Research Update-Intervention Technologies for enhancing the Safety and Security of Fresh and Minimally Processed produce and solid plant-derived foods [abstract].ARS-FSIS Research Coordination Meeting. Shepherdstown,WV.p.1. Technical Abstract: The produce safety research objectives of Research Project 1935-41420-011 are to 1) understand pathogen microbial ecology and its effects on decontamination efficacy; 2) develop biological-based intervention strategies for pathogen reduction; and 3) develop new effective chemical and physical decontamination interventions and/or improve the performance of current interventions. The project seeks to integrate multiple intervention strategies for improved decontamination efficacy and quality retention. Active research topics are related to biofilm development, bio-suppressive and bio-antagonist technologies, and Physical and chemical treatments include the use of hot water pasteurization, ultrasound, gaseous chlorine dioxide, cold plasma, hydrogen peroxide vapor, and ionizing radiation alone or in combination. This presentation will summarize the project’s research accomplishments to date, including impact statements of those accomplishments with respect to industry adoption, regulatory enactments and research leadership. The presentation will conclude with a description of short-term and long-term research directions and a projection of likely impact of the research.