Activity of Electrolyzed Oxidizing Water Against Penicilium expansum in Suspension and on Wounded Apples

D. O. Okull, L. F. LaBorde

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Spores of Penicillium expansum, the primary organism responsible for the occurrence of patulin in apple juice, were exposed to electrolyzed oxidizing (EO) water in an aqueous suspension and on wounded apples. Full-strength and 50% EO water decreased viable spore populations by greater than 4 and 2 log units, respectively. Although EO water did not prevent lesion formation on fruit previously inoculated with P. expansum, cross-contamination of wounded apples from decayed fruit or by direct addition of spores to a simulated dump tank was substantially reduced. EO water, therefore, has potential as an alternative to chlorine disinfectants for controlling infection of apples by P. expansum during handling and processing operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)FMS23-FMS27
JournalJournal of Food Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


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  • Food Science

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