A method of using quaternary ammonium compounds for inhibiting attachment of and removing a broad spectrum of foodborne microbial contamination from food products is described. The method uses quaternary ammonium compounds for inhibiting attachment of and removing microorganisms such as, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, Arcobacter, Listeria, Aeromonas, Bacillus, Salmonella, non-toxin producing Escherichia, and pathogenic toxin-producing Escherichia such as O157:H7, fungi such as Aspergillus flavus and Penicillium chrysogenum, and parasites such as Entameba histolytica from a broad range of food. The foods that can be treated by this method are meat, seafood, vegetables, and fruit.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Poultry Science
US6039992; EP0912101 (B1); AU735308 (B2); DE69733951 (T2); DK0912101 (T3); ES2247628 (T3); JP4275735 (B2)
University of Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)
Compadre, Cesar M.; Breen, Philip J.; Salari, Hamid; Fifer, E. Kim; Lattin, Danny L.; Slavik, Michael F.; Li, Yanbin; and O'Brien, Timothy, "Broad spectrum prevention and removal of microbial contamination of food by quaternary ammonium compounds" (2000). Patents Granted. 180.