Blue Light Over Georgia

With your southeast regional farm newspaper, I’m Haylie Shipp.

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded researchers at the University of Georgia Food Safety Center a three-year, $599,900 grant to begin a new study to investigate the effectiveness of blue light antimicrobial technology in reducing foodborne pathogens.

Food Safety News reports that food manufacturers often use chemical sanitizers on food preparation surfaces to help control the spread of foodborne pathogens. While this is generally effective in easy to reach areas, hard to reach areas may not receive the same degree of sanitation.

The blue light arrives. According to Food Safety Magazine, antimicrobial blue light has shown promising results when used to disinfect hospital surfaces, but little research has been done on the possible antimicrobial applications of blue light in the control of pathogens. food origin. UGA researchers postulate that antimicrobial blue light technology will be effective in disinfecting hard-to-reach areas in food processing and preparation facilities.

The study will focus on the effectiveness of antimicrobial blue light in the fight against Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella and is expected to begin in Georgia in June of this year.


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