- Volume 28 Issue 6
The influence of electrolyzed acid-water (oxidation-reduction potential (ORP): above 1,150 mV, pH : 2.5) on the survival of some microorganisms was investigated. It was observed that the ORP of electrolyzed acid-water was kept at the level of above 1,000 mV for 15 days at room temperature. Escherichia coli. Salmonella typhi, Staphylococcus aureus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae were not detected after 10 to 40 min in electrolyzed acid-water. However, Bacillus cereus showed higher tolerance to electrolyzed acid-water than other test microorganisms. After 60 min of inoculation, only 0.4% of initial population remained. The investigation of surface sterilization effect on some vegetables was carried out too. Total count of cabbage, Chinese cabbage and kale were reduced to below 3% of initial count, and no coliform was detected after 20 to 60 min of immersion in 5 volumes of electrolyzed acid-water. In the lettuce, total and coliform counts were reduced to 90% and 2% of initial population. This study shows that the electrolyzed acid-water has a potential for the sterilization of food products such as vegetables and fruits which cannot be thermally sterilized.
electrolyzed acid-water;surface sterilization;microorganism