- Volume 31 Issue 4
To enhance the cleaning and sterilization effect of cooled electrolyzed acid water on lettuce, several kinds of polysorbates were used at various concentrations in immersion washing process. In case of the treatment containing polysorbate 20, coliform count of lettuce was reduced to about 1/40 level of that in non-treated lettuce. The treatment containing polysorbate 60 did not show a significant sterilization effect. Otherwise, the total and coliform counts of lettuce during immersion in electrolyzed acid water containing 1 ppm of polysorbate 80 was reduced to about 1/300 and 1/1,700 level of those in non-treated one. And, the changes of ORP(oxidation-reduction potential), pH and color value of lettuce in electrolyzed acid water containing 1 ppm of polysorbate 80 were not quite different during 60 min. immersion, but HCIO content decreased from 10.28 ppm to 8.51 ppm after 20 min. immersion. Also, total and coliform count of lettuce immersed in electrolyzed acid water containing 1 ppm of polysorbate 80 was lower to about 1/1,800 after 20 min. and 1/5,550 after 30 min, compared with non-treated lettuce.
electrolyzed acid-water;polysorbate 80;lettuce;cleaning and sterilization effect