Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2020
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Cold plasma is emerging as a promising nonthermal antimicrobial treatment for fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, one of the leading causes of foodborne illness. Fresh produce, nuts, and other plant-related foods are thermally sensitive, with sensory and nutritional qualities which can be compromised by conventional processing technologies. Cold plasma is flexible, effective, chlorine-free, and adaptable to the requirements of a wide range of produce types. This review will describe and compare various types of cold plasma technologies, with examples of commodity application and antimicrobial efficacy.