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J Food Prot. 2005 Aug;68(8):1743-7.

Efficacy of aerosolized peroxyacetic acid as a sanitizer of lettuce leaves.

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Food Safety Research Division, Korea Food Research Institute, Seoul 463-420, Korea.


Aerosolized sanitizer was investigated as a potential alternative to aqueous and gaseous sanitizers for produce. Peroxyacetic acid was aerosolized (5.42 to 11.42 microm particle diameter) by a commercially available nebulizer into a model cabinet. Iceberg lettuce leaves were inoculated with three strains each of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella Typhimurium and then treated with aerosolized peroxyacetic acid for 10, 30, or 60 min in a model aerosol cabinet at room temperature (22 +/- 2 degrees C). After treatment, surviving healthy and injured bacterial cells were enumerated on appropriate selective agars or using the overlay agar method. Inoculated iceberg lettuce leaves exposed to aerosolized peroxyacetic acid for 10 min exhibited a 0.8-log reduction in E. coli O157:H7, a 0.3-log reduction in Salmonella Typhimurium, and a 2.5-log reduction in L. monocytogenes when compared with the control. After 30 min of treatment, the three pathogens were reduced by 2.2, 3.3, and 2.7 log, and after 60 min, the reductions were 3.4, 4.5, and 3.8 log, respectively. Aerosolization may be a new and convenient method for sanitizing produce for storage or shipping.

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