Product Quality

There is no published assessment of the quality for the processed produce. Because of the temperature and time conditions of treatment, the authors suspect that the products should be suitable for further processing.

21.3.3 Ventilex Continuous Steam Sterilizing System

The Ventilex process uses saturated steam to decontaminate or sterilize herbs, spices, and seeds [35]. The product enters a horizontal steam chamber through a patented rotary valve, designed to prevent buildup of product within the valve. Once in the chamber, the herbs, spices, or seeds are contacted by saturated steam for a given time appropriate to reduce or eliminate pathogenic bacteria. The treated product exits through a second rotary valve. Following steam treatment, the herbs, spices, or seeds are dried and cooled.

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