A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania has grown a sanitizing rinse that could revoke a series of foodborne illnesses caused any year by E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria from fresh-cut produce.
Dike Ukuku, a food technologist during a ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit in Wyndmoor, Pa., has grown a resolution that works improved than water, chlorinated water, or hydrogen peroxide during ridding aspect germ from produce. The resolution rids cantaloupes, honeydew melons, and other furnish of germ that quit on to cut pieces.
Each year about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick; 128,000 are hospitalized; and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The wash, that Ukuku calls “Lovit,” could be formulated into a mist and used by food processors, supermarkets, restaurants, and anyone endangered about food safety. Ukuku has published a investigate highlighting a effectiveness, has filed a obvious application, and has a blurb partner meddlesome in selling it.
In a study, Ukuku inoculated a rinds of cantaloupes with E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria. He cleared them for 5 mins in possibly Lovit (his treatment), hydrogen peroxide or chlorinated water. He authorised them to dry before slicing them into pieces. He afterwards stored some pieces from any of a treatments in cosmetic tubs during room heat (68 degrees Fahrenheit) for 24 hours, and others during cold temperatures of possibly 41 or 50 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 days.
The formula showed Lovit to be a many effective diagnosis of a 3 rinse treatments, and it reduced micro-organism levels to next showing levels compulsory by food reserve standards. The investigate was published in a Journal of Food Protection in Jul 2015.
Read some-more about this investigate in a Sep 2015 emanate of AgResearch magazine.