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Natural Antimicrobials for the Minimal Processing of Foods

Consumers demand food products with fewer synthetic additives but with increased safety, quality and shelf-life. These demands have led to renewed interest in the use of natural antimicrobials to preserve foods. However, despite the wide range of potential antimicrobials, relatively few are suitable for use in practice in particular food products. Edited by a leading expert in the field, and with a distinguished international team of contributors, Natural antimicrobials for the minimal processing of foods discusses their practical application in food preservation, often in conjunction with other preservation techniques.

After an introductory chapter, the book first discusses the use of bacteriocins such as nisin in preserving animal and other food products, often in conjunction with other preservation techniques such as high hydrostatic pressure and pulsed electric fields. Subsequent chapters discuss the current and future uses of natamycin, organic acids, antimicrobials from animals and chitosan as preservatives. Three chapters are devoted to antimicrobials from plants and their use in a wide range of applications, including the preservation of fresh and minimally-processed fruits and vegetables. A final group of chapters discuss the use of natural antimicrobials in edible coatings, applications of natural antifungal agents, the combination of natural antimicrobials with irradiation, and the regulatory context.

With its practical emphasis and authoritative coverage, Natural antimicrobials for the minimal processing of foods is a standard work for the food industry in developing new preservation systems that extend the shelf-life of foods without compromising safety or sensory quality.

Hardbound, 320 Pages

Published: July 2003

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-669-6


  • The text will be a valuable resource for quality professionals., Food Australia
    …presents both detailed and theoretical information as well as appied examples, making it a valuable reference tool for food industry professionals., Carbohydrate Polymers
    …references at the end of each chapter are comprehensive. The book will serve well as a reference guide., Food Australia


  • Nisin in multifactorial food preservation; Nisin in the decontamination of animal products; Bacteriocins other than nisin: The pediocin-like cystibiotics of lactic acid bacteria; Natamycin: An effective fungicide for food and beverages; Organic acids; Antimicrobials from animals; Chitosan: New food preservative of laboratory curiosity? Antimicrobials from herbs and spices; Natural antimicrobials in postharvest storage of fresh fruits and vegetables; Plant antimicrobials combined with conventional preservatives for fruit products; Edible coatings containing natural antimicrobials for processed foods; Natural antimicrobials in combination with gamma irradiation; Natural antifungal agents for bakery products; Regulations: New food additives, ingredients and processes.


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