Hot Water

Hot water decontamination of whole cantaloupes designated for fresh-cut processing was found to have major advantages over the use of sanitizers, including a significant reduction of microbiological populations on melon surfaces [48]. The major advantage was that it reduced the probability of potential transfer of pathogenic bacteria from the rind to the interior tissue during cutting. In experiments carried out in our laboratory, treatment of cantaloupes, inoculated with S. Poona, with hot water for 1 minute resulted in a 2.1 log reduction at 70°C and a 3.6 log reduction at 97°C (Table 10.4) [48].

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