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Impact of treatment parameters on pulsed light inactivation of microorganisms on a food simulant surface

 
: Kramer, Bernd; Wunderlich, Joachim; Muranyi, Peter

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Innovative food science & emerging technologies 42 (2017), pp.83-90
ISSN: 1466-8564
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IVV ()

Abstract
The impact of the fluence regulation on the inactivation efficiency of pulsed light (PL) surface disinfection treatments was investigated. E. coli and L. innocua were exposed to PL on a gel surface under variation of the applied voltage, the number of light flashes as well as the distance between the flash lamp and the sample surface. The results revealed deviations from the reciprocity law when the total fluence striking the sample surface was not applied at once, but subdivided into several successive light flashes. No differences were found when the fluence was delivered with only single light flashes, irrespective of the applied voltage. The pulse frequency did not have an impact on the microbial reduction within 1–5 Hz. Furthermore, the sensitivities of various bacterial strains, endospores and conidiospores were compared. Differences occurred for vegetative bacteria without a clear pattern, while bacterial endospores were more resistant. Dark pigmented mold spores were slightly more resistant than bacterial endospores. All dose-response curves exhibited a downward concavity, except for P. aeruginosa.

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