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Research Project: Development of Alternative Intervention Technologies for Fresh or Minimally Processed Foods

Location: Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research

Title: Cold plasma: Quality control and regulatory considerations

Author
item Niemira, Brendan
item Kniel, Kalmia - University Of Delaware

Submitted to: International Association for Food Protection
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2017
Publication Date: 7/9/2017
Citation: Niemira, B.A., Kniel, K. 2017. Cold plasma: Quality control and regulatory considerations.[Abstract]. International Association for Food Protection., Tampa, Florida., Volume 1, Page 1.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: In recent years, cold plasma has emerged as a promising antimicrobial treatment for fresh and fresh-cut produce, nuts, spices, seeds, and other foods. Research has demonstrated effective control of human pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7, norovirus, and other pathogens on a variety of food commodities. The antimicrobial efficacy of the process must be optimized while retaining product quality, nutritional value, consumer appeal, and other important factors. Moreover, the use of cold plasma as a food processing technology depends on the regulatory framework for any given commodity. This presentation will provide an up-to-date summary of cold plasma research and development – its efficacy, impact on product quality, likely commercial applications, regulatory status, and key challenges for the future.