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Pre-Harvest Decontamination Strategies for Eliminating Foodborne Pathogens on Cantaloupes

Investigators
Patel, J. R.
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2014
End date
2015
Objective

The goal of this project is to investigate the antimicrobial potential of octenidine hydrochloride (OH) applied at pre- and post-harvest levels for controlling foodborne pathogens on cantaloupes.

More information

Octenidine hydrochloride (OH) is an antimicrobial agent commonly used in mouth rinse products in Europe. Our preliminary research has revealed that OH at very low concentrations is highly effective in rapidly killing L. monocytogenes on cantaloupe surface. Cantaloupe on vines will be surface inoculated with attenuated strains of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella and then sprayed with different concentrations of OH. Treated cantaloupe will be harvested periodically and analyzed for surviving populations of L. monocytogenes and Salmonella. The goal is to determine the antimicrobial efficacy of OH for inactivating L. monocytogenes and Salmonella when applied as a spray on cantaloupes in the field.

Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project source
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Project number
8042-32420-005-60S
Accession number
427949
Categories
Salmonella
Listeria
Bacterial Pathogens
Commodities
Produce