Washing temperature

-0.10° ± 0.12D 1.83 ± 0.17 AB 2.24 ± 0.68 A 0.49 ± 0.51 CD -0.20° ± 0.27 D

0.11 ± 0.0.12D 0.96 ± 0.72 BC 2.04 ± 0.62 AB 1.56 ± 0.26 ABC -0.30° ± 0.30 D

a Log reduction = mean cell population of untreated inoculated control (duplicate samples) minus mean cell population following washing treatment (duplicate samples). Means with no letter in common are significantly different at p< 0.05. b Mean populations of untreated inoculated control samples.

c Negative numbers indicate no reduction in cell populations was detected following washing treatment.

d Sanova (acidified sodium chlorite) solution was prepared according to the manufacturer's specifications.

e The pH of the chlorine solution was adjusted to 6.5 using concentrated hydrochloric acid.

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