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Antimicrobial & nonfouling polymeric coating to control pathogen contamination in food production environments

Investigators
Goddard, Julie
Institutions
Cornell University
Start date
2018
End date
2022
Objective
The overall goal of this project is to reduce cross-contamination of pathogenic microorganisms in food processing plants through the development and application of a novel antimicrobial and non-fouling polymer coating, using drains as a model system. To accomplish this goal, we propose a multidisciplinary approach encompassing expertise in food microbiology, antimicrobial and nonfouling materials, food science, and polymer synthesis. The following are our three specific research objectives.Synthesize & characterize antimicrobial & nonfouling polymeric coating to control pathogen adhesion & persistence in drains. Characterize durability, antimicrobial, and non-fouling character of the polymer coatings. Demonstrate efficacy of the new coatings in preventing formation and persistence of Salmonella and L. monocytogenes biofilms in Zone 3 drains under both laboratory and in situ process conditions.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
NYC-143556
Accession number
1015466
Categories
Salmonella
Bacterial Pathogens
Prevention and Control