FDA accepts novel food sterilization process

Source of Article:http://members.ift.org/IFT/Pubs/Newsletters/weekly/nl_030409.htm

The National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and Avure Technologies, Inc., announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the research instituteís filing of a new food sterilization process. It represents the first petition to the FDA for the commercial use of pressure-assisted thermal sterilization (PATS) processes for application in the production of low acid foods. The technology improves the quality of thermally processed foods while eliminating the food safety risks associated with bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum and its toxins. The PATS process, which combines mild heat with high pressure to produce commercially sterile low acid food products, underwent a validation process and safety assessment by NCFST researchers and its Dual Use Science and Technology (DUST) consortium members. PATS represents an alternative to retort processing, which involves exposure of the food to high temperatures. The successful FDA filing allows NCFST to proceed with the production of demonstration products using the PATS process.




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