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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPING PROCESSING INTERVENTION TECHNOLOGIES

Location: Food Safety and Intervention Technologies

Title: Nonthermal processing by radio frequency electric fields

Authors
item Geveke, David
item Trujillo, Francisco -

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: September 25, 2013
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Radio frequency electric fields (RFEF) processing is relatively new and has been shown to inactivate bacteria in apple juice, orange juice and apple cider at moderately low temperatures. Key equipment components of the process include a radio frequency power supply and a treatment chamber that is capable of applying high electric fields to liquid foods. The process is similar to the pulsed electric fields process, except that the power supply is continuous rather than pulsed; therefore, the capital costs may be less. Using an 80 kW RFEF pilot plant unit, Escherichia coli K12 in apple cider flowing at 1.0 l/min was exposed to an electric field strength of 30 kV/cm at a frequency of 21 kHz. RFEF processing reduced the population of E. coli by 4.8 log at 60 deg C, whereas conventional heating at the same conditions had no effect. Similar results were obtained for orange juice and apple juice. The electrical cost of the RFEF processing was $0.005 per liter of apple cider. Increasing the electric field strength, number of treatment steps and temperature enhance the microbiological inactivation.

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