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Sequential disinfection of E. coli O157:H7 on shredded lettuce leaves by aqueous chlorine dioxide, ozonated water, and thyme essential oil
Author(s): Nepal Singh; Rakesh K. Singh; Arun K. Bhunia; Richard L. Stroshine; James E. Simon
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Paper Abstract

There have been numerous studies on effectiveness of different sanitizers for microbial inactivation. However, results obtained from different studies indicate that microorganism cannot be easily removed from fresh cut vegetables because of puncture and cut surfaces with varying surface topographies. In this study, three step disinfection approach was evaluated for inactivation of E. coli O157:H7 on shredded lettuce leaves. Sequential application of thyme oil, ozonated water, and aqueous chlorine dioxide was evaluated in which thyme oil was applied first followed by ozonated water and aqueous chlorine dioxide. Shredded lettuce leaves inoculated with cocktail culture of E. coli O157:H7 (C7927, EDL 933 and 204 P), were washed with ozonated water (15 mg/l for 10min), aqueous chlorine dioxide (10 mg/l,for 10min) and thyme oil suspension (0.1%, v/v for 5min). Washing of lettuce leaves with ozonated water, chlorine dioxide and thyme oil suspension resulted in 0.44, 1.20, and 1.46 log reduction (log10 cfu/g), respectively. However, the sequential treatment achieved approximately 3.13 log reductions (log10 cfu/g). These results demonstrate the efficacy of sequential treatments in decontaminating shredded lettuce leaves containing E. coli O157:H7.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4206, Photonic Detection and Intervention Technologies for Safe Food, (13 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.418725
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Nepal Singh, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Rakesh K. Singh, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Arun K. Bhunia, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Richard L. Stroshine, Purdue Univ. (United States)
James E. Simon, Rutgers Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4206:
Photonic Detection and Intervention Technologies for Safe Food
Yud-Ren Chen; Shu-I Tu, Editor(s)

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