Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/21/2010
Publication Date: 6/11/2011
Citation: Annous, B.A. 2011. Gaseous decontamination treatments of food and food environments and emerging technologies [abstract]. IFT Annual Meeting, June 11-14, 2011, New Orleans, LA. 1:1. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The use of gaseous sanitation treatments for decontamination of foods and food processing facilities show promise. Gases can penetrate into crevices and niches in foods and in facilities where entrapped microbes could be missed by conventional techniques of cleaning and sanitization. Many of these niche sites are difficult (and in some cases impossible) to disassemble for effective cleaning and sanitization and they entrap microbes which may grow to high numbers resulting in contamination of items in these environments. Traditional aqueous cleaning and sanitation do not effectively remediate these areas. Gaseous sanitation treatments hold some promise to penetrate and disinfect hard to reach areas in facilities and foods and thereby enhance the microbial safety of food, equipment, facilities, etc. This mini-symposium will provide the latest on pros, cons, legalities, and the efficacy of emerging gas sanitation technologies to decontaminate foods and facilities.