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Briefly: Ultraviolet decon — ‘Rotten’ on Netflix — Puppy update

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Ultraviolet pulses prove promising Fort Valley State University in Georgia is researching uses of a $35,000 pulsed ultraviolet… Continue Reading

Research Shows UV Light Can Kill Foodborne Pathogens on Certain Fruits

New research out of Washington State University shows that ultraviolet C light can help kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits. The light, which cannot penetrate opaque, solid objects, destroys the nucleic acid and disrupts the DNA of microorganisms. It’s been used for years to sanitize food contact surfaces, as well as drinking water. Shyam Sablani,… Continue Reading

Does Ultraviolet Mean Ultrasafe?

American consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the safety-enhancing methods used on food and beverage products before their arrival at retail outlets: pasteurization by heat and high-pressure treatment, and irradiation by gamma rays, X-ray or electron beams. But they may not know much about ultraviolet radiation (UV), which is gradually becoming more common as a… Continue Reading

Studies Show Benefit of UV Light on Fresh Produce

Preliminary studies by Tara H. McHugh, a food technologist and research leader at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Processed Foods Research Unit at the Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, along with her research team, have recently revealed the benefits of exposing vegetables to certain kinds of ultraviolet light. The suns rays are a… Continue Reading