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Food Plant Safety - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124166202, 9780124166677

Food Plant Safety

1st Edition

UV Applications for Food and Non-Food Surfaces

Author: Tatiana Koutchma
Paperback ISBN: 9780124166202
eBook ISBN: 9780124166677
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th March 2014
Page Count: 48
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Food Plant Safety: UV Applications for Food and Non-Food Surfaces discusses the fundamental principles of ultraviolet (UV) light technology, and gives practical recommendations on UV processes and systems design for specific processing operations, as well as how microbial efficacy of UV light can improve the quality of existing product lines.

Innovative research of ultraviolet light for food applications has been growing worldwide. With increased consumer demand for fresher, minimally processed but safe foods, comes the need for novel technologies to meet that demand. Ultraviolet technology has been taking its niche in food production as a non-chemical treatment to control and enhance safety of processing plants and storage facilities.

This concise resource covers the fundamentals of this promising technology and its applications; it will benefit a broad audience of professionals in food engineering, processing, and product development, as well as graduate level students.

Key Features

  • Focuses on plant processing operations in the food industry
  • Presents the benefits of UV light technology applications for air quality, and safety of non-food and food contact surfaces
  • Covers the cost benefits and energy and environmental advantages of using UV technologies


Food engineers, Food Processing Engineers, Product Development Engineers, Graduate Students, Quality Assurance Managers; Production Managers; Laboratory Managers, Operations Supervisors and Managers

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Basic Principles of UV Light Generation
    • 2.1 UV Rays: Radiation or Light
    • 2.2 UV Light Sources
    • 2.3 Commercial Manufacturers of UV Systems for Sanitation of Food Facilities
  • Chapter 3. UV Disinfection of Air, Water, and Surfaces
    • 3.1 Air Treatment
    • 3.2 Water Treatment
    • 3.3 Disinfection of Nonfood Contact Surfaces
    • 3.4 Disinfection of Food Contact Surfaces
  • Chapter 4. Case Studies of UV Treatment of Food Surfaces
    • 4.1 Fresh Produce
    • 4.2 Fresh-Cut Produce
    • 4.3 UV- and PL-Based Processing Aids for Meats
    • 4.4 Shell Eggs
    • 4.5 Seafood
    • 4.6 UV Equipment for Treatment of Food Surfaces
  • Chapter 5. Principles of UV Surface Process Development
    • 5.1 Factors Affecting Interaction Between UV Light and Surface of Materials
    • 5.2 Determination of UV Dose
    • 5.3 Environmental Assessment
    • 5.4 Regulatory Status
  • Chapter 6. Conclusions
  • References


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About the Author

Tatiana Koutchma

Tatiana Koutchma is a research scientist in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Before she joined the AAFC, she was a research associate professor at the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She received her doctoral degree in Food Process Engineering in Moscow State University of Food Production. Since 1990, she has had successful international experience in Russia, USA and Canada working in academia and government research programs in emerging food processing technologies. In the last 18 years her main research focus and interest has been application innovative technologies like UV light, microwave heating and high hydrostatic pressure for improved food safety, security, shelf life and product acceptability. She initiated research programs on UV light for food preservation and was actively involved in core functions associated with R&D, process design, and validation of this technology for food industry. She also contributed to the approval of a number of international regulatory submissions on UV applications for foods, milk and ingredients. Dr. Koutchma is a graduate faculty at University of Guelph, Chair Elect of Nonthermal Processing Division (NPD) of IFT, and Canadian Ambassador at the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI). She is also associate editor of the journals Food Process Engineering and Food Science and Technology International. Dr. Koutchma has authored four books on UV light for foods, as well as 10+ book chapters and 70+ peer-reviewed publications. She is an invited speaker at numerous international venues and delivers training for industry and government professionals. As a contributing author of the “FoodOnline” and “MeatingPlace” Dr. Koutchma is an active promoter of non-thermal processing technologies to the professional community.

Affiliations and Expertise

Guelph Food Research Center, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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