Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/10/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Cold plasma is a promising technology for the sanitization of foods and food contact surfaces. Recent research has demonstrated that it is a flexible, effective approach to the reduction of pathogens and spoilage organisms on a variety of commodities, under a range of treatment conditions. As this class of technology matures from purely lab-scale evaluation to bulk processing and small pilot scale, the regulatory status of cold plasma technology becomes increasingly important, both for end-users seeking to deploy cold plasma in food processing environments and for equipment manufacturers seeking to provide cold plasma-based solutions. This chapter will provide necessary context for the typical development path of regulations that govern novel food processing technologies, such as cold plasma. The discussion will include the key drivers for the regulatory process, examples of technologies that have been successfully approved, and an update on the status of cold plasma regulations internationally.