Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/23/2014
Publication Date: 10/30/2014
Citation: Lacombe, A.C., Niemira, B.A., Gurtler, J. 2014. Disinfection of the human norovirus surrogate, Tulane Virus with Cold Plasma. Meeting Abstract. Food Science Department. Drexel University. October 30, 2014. Volume 1, Page 1.
Technical Abstract: Today viruses represent the most prevalent type of foodborne outbreak, and most of these outbreaks are associated with foods that are consumed in the raw or ready to eat form. Therefore it is necessary to develop nonthermal technologies that can eliminate these pathogens without adversely affecting the organoleptic properties of the food. Cold plasma is an emerging novel nonthermal technology that can be used for the surface decontamination of foods. This presentation will discuss the inactivation of human noroviruses surrogates (murine norovirus and Tulane virus) on the surface of blueberries using cold plasma technology. In addition, cold plasma’s effect on blueberry quality and natural background flora will also be explored. With the development of these novel methods of food preservation, it is hoped that issues of contamination of food products, not only with viruses but other pathogenic micro-organisms, could be effectively controlled.