Source of Article:http://www.foodproductdesign.com/hotnews/nanoparticles-pathogens.html
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that nanoparticles may be effective at inhibiting some
pathogens. For the study, zinc oxide quantam dots
(ZnOQDs), nanoparticles of purified powdered ZnO,
were evaluated for antimicrobial activity against Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella Enteritidis,
and E. coli O157:H7. The ZnOQDs were utilized as a powder, bound in a polystyrene
film (ZnO-PS), or suspended in a polyvinylprolidone gel (ZnO-PVP).
Bacteria cultures were inoculated into culture media or liquid egg white
(LEW) and incubated at 22°C.
The inhibitory efficacies of ZnOQDs were concentration-dependent and also related to
type of application. ZnO powder and ZnO-PVP showed significant antimicrobial activities
against all three pathogens in growth media and LEW. No antimicrobial
activities of ZnO-PS film were observed.