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Improving Food Quality, One Light at a Time

Fort Valley State University aims to make a mark in food safety research with the help of a new pulsed ultraviolet (UV) light system that could aid in the decontamination of foods and extend shelf life without heat or chemical preservatives. XENON pulsed UV light Z-1000 modular sterilization system is unique because it’s an extremely safe and sanitary method for rapidly killing microorganisms on food surfaces.

Pulsed UV-light is more efficient than continuous UV light, because it offers better penetration potential through food products. Pulsed UV light can kill up to 99.9 percent of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, molds, parasites, and insects. It can also kill bacteria on surfaces of food packaging materials. The light does not affect taste or alter any other properties.

NIFA supports this project through Evans-Allen funding.

Read the full article in FVSU News. Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

Farm Bill Priority Areas
Animal health and production and animal products;
Food safety, nutrition, and health
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