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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND SAFETY OF FRESH ON-FARM ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE Title: Mitigation of Irrigation Water Using Zero-Valent Iron Treatment

item Kniel, Kali -
item Hoover, Dallas -
item Chiu, Pei -
item Sharma, Manan
item Patel, Jitu
item Shelton, Daniel

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 21, 2010
Publication Date: June 23, 2010
Citation: Kniel, K., Hoover, D., Chiu, P., Sharma, M., Patel, J.R., Shelton, D.R. 2010. Mitigation of Irrigation Water Using Zero-Valent Iron Treatment [abstract]. Center for Produce Safety-U.C. Davis Produce Research Symposium. Paper No. 4.

Technical Abstract: Significant problems have occurred in the U.S. with regard to the contamination of produce by pathogenic bacteria. Minimally processed produce lacks the processing and preparation hurdles, such as cooking, to aid in reduction or elimination of the occasional and incidental contamination that can lead to widespread outbreaks and national product recalls. Greater emphasis has been placed on preharvest Good Agricultural Practices and postharvest Good Manufacturing Practices, but the American food production and distribution system is vast and complex. Environmental fecal contamination is not uncommon in these foods, and transmission of human pathogens to plants through contaminated irrigation water has been documented under both laboratory and field conditions. This project proposes to develop and evaluate a high-volume treatment for irrigation water utilizing filtration through columns of zero-valent iron (ZVI) and sand. ZVI has been successfully used for over ten years in commercial water treatment operations to remove chemical contaminants. Evidence has described the adherence and inactivation of viruses and Escherichia coli by ZVI used in water treatment. The objective of this project is to optimize removal of E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella from water treated by passage through ZVI-sand columns under conditions modeling commercial use.

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