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Int J Food Microbiol. 2013 Aug 16;166(1):155-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2013.06.028. Epub 2013 Jul 1.

Decontamination efficiency of high power ultrasound in the fruit and vegetable industry, a review.

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Ege University, Engineering Faculty, Food Engineering Department, 35100 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey.


Decontamination of fresh fruits and vegetables is an important unsolved technological problem. The main focus of this review is to summarize and synthesize the results of studies and articles about ultrasonic processing which can be adapted to the wash water decontamination process for fruits and vegetables. This review will also provide an overview about the importance of an effective wash water decontamination process in fruits and vegetables, the increase of foodborne outbreaks caused by fresh fruits and vegetables, microbial inactivation using ultrasound, and an interpretation of the high power ultrasound results in the fruits and vegetable industry. In addition, the limitations of ultrasonic processing in commercial applications have also been introduced.


Decontamination; Fruits and vegetables; High power ultrasound; Washing

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