High pressure processing of foods for microbiological safety and quality

Linton, M. and Patterson, Margaret F. (2000) High pressure processing of foods for microbiological safety and quality. Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica, 47 (2-3). pp. 175-182. ISSN 1217-8950


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Consumers are demanding foods that are “natural”, of good nutritional and sensory quality, free from chemical preservatives, microbiologically safe and with extended shelf-life. High pressure processing can, potentially, meet these criteria. Recent advances in equipment design now allow foods to be processed up to 900 MegaPascals (130,000 psi). However, further work is required to more fully understand the factors that can affect the response of microorganisms, including pathogens, to pressure so that treatments can be optimised and microbiological safety can be assured. This paper describes how the pressure resistance of microorganisms can vary depending on factors such as species, strain, stage of growth and food composition. Strategies for overcoming the problem of pressure resistance will be discussed, for example the use of pressure cycling and the combination of pressure with mild heat. The current commercial uses of high pressure to preserve foods will be reported and potential applications will also be discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QR Microbiology / mikrobiológia
Depositing User: xFruzsina xPataki
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2017 11:38
Last Modified: 31 May 2020 23:15

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