Research seeks alternatives for reducing bacteria in fresh produce using nanoengineering

29 abril 2015

Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the US have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety. The current strategy remains industrial washing of the product in water containing chlorine. Due to sanitizer ineffectiveness there is an urgent need to identify alternative, natural antimicrobials. Researchers have been exploring alternative antimicrobials along with nanoengineering techniques to address this need.