Joshua Gurtler, an Agricultural Research Service scientist and his collaborators at NatureSeal, Inc., tested hundreds of antimicrobial formulations, in a series of carefully designed laboratory experiments, before they found the right combination of lactic acid, fruit acids, and hydrogen peroxide for a wash that reduces the risk of food-borne pathogens contaminating fresh produce in food processing operations.
An overview featuring three videos in which Dr. Sunny Yaguang Luo and her colleagues discuss post-harvest food safety. This work is supported by a grant funded by USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Further reading regarding produce food safety is also provided.
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