Submitted to: Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/29/2009
Publication Date: 5/2/2009
Citation: Arnold, J.W. 2009. Why are biofilms important to industrial sanitation systems?. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. P.1. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Biofilm research in the environment of the poultry production and processing industries and other wet processing industries is important for food safety and security. Sites of occurrence and causes of biofilm formation in these environments are specific for each product type. Regulations and testing methods that are incorporated into industrial sanitation systems are primarily related to the pathogens involved in recalls of the products being processed. The physical, chemical, and electrochemical methods used to treat microbial contamination in processing and production facilities are compared, and a comparison of efficacy is given. The types of sanitation products used in the processing environment are compared, and alternative interventions are reported. Future trends, including regulatory controls, predictive microbiology, and outsourcing are suggested.