Mitigating foodborne pathogens with blue LEDs

Source:  Mitigating foodborne pathogens with blue LEDs    Tag:  pathogens
Blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) have strong antibacterial effect on major foodborne pathogens, and are most effective when in cold temperatures (between 4°C and 15°C) and mildly acidic conditions of around pH 4.5, a team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has found. This opens up possibilities of using blue LEDs as a chemical-free food preservation method. Acidic foods such as fresh-cut fruits and ready-to-eat meat can be preserved under blue LEDs in combination with chilling temperatures without requiring further chemical treatments that are commonly needed for food preservation.