Promising applications of cold plasma for microbial safety, chemical decontamination and quality enhancement in fruits

S. A. Mir, M. W. Siddiqui, B. N. Dar, M. A. Shah, M. H. Wani, S. Roohinejad, G. A. Annor, K. Mallikarjunan, C. F. Chin, A. Ali

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Abstract

Consumers’ demand is increasing for safe foods without impairing the phytochemical and sensory quality. In turn, it has increased research interest in the exploration of innovative food processing technologies. Cold plasma technology is getting popularity now days owing to its high efficacy in decontamination of microbes in fruit and fruit-based products. As a on-thermal approach, plasma processing maintains the quality of fruits and minimizes the thermal effects on nutritional properties. Cold plasma is also exploited for inactivating enzymes and degrading pesticides as both are directly related with quality loss and presently are most important concerns in fresh produce industry. The present review covers the influence of cold plasma technology on reducing microbial risks and enhancing the quality attributes in fruits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-485
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Microbiology
Volume129
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

Keywords

  • cold plasma
  • exposure time
  • fruit decontamination
  • fruit quality
  • pesticide degradation

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