Prospects for treating foods with cold atmospheric gas plasmas

2012-02-14T13:34:12Z (GMT) by Gilbert Shama Michael G. Kong
In this review the potential applications of cold atmospheric gas plasmas are presented with particular reference to the problems of contamination of foods by biological agents. In addition to the accidental contamination of food, the very real threat arising from the deliberate contamination of the human food chain is also considered. The evidence that has been gained for the efficacy of cold plasmas in inactivating a wide range of biological agents is briefly surveyed. This is followed by an examination of previous work in which various types of foodstuffs have been successfully treated using cold gas plasmas. The need to demonstrate that the quality attributes of treated foods is not adversely affected is stressed. Finally, the role which gas plasmas may have in decontaminating food processing equipment is considered.