What microbiological infections if plants and herbs are not properly handled and stored?
Improperly handled and stored plants and herbs can become contaminated with various microorganisms, causing potential infections such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, among others. It is important to follow good food hygiene practices to prevent these infections and ensure food safety.
Which industrial pasteurization treatment to treat contaminated plants and herbs while preserving their intrinsic qualities?
Industrial pasteurization treatment can be used to treat contaminated plants and herbs while retaining their intrinsic qualities. Pasteurization involves heating food to a specific temperature for a specific time to kill the pathogenic microorganisms present.
For plants and herbs, steam pasteurization can be used. It is important to follow the correct pasteurization times and temperatures to ensure an efficient operation while minimizing damage to food products. It is also possible to use other treatment methods such as ultraviolet radiation pasteurization, heat sterilization or pressure sterilization to treat contaminated plants and herbs. However, these methods are known to be ineffective and can affect the nutritional properties and flavors of food products, so it is important to choose the most appropriate method depending on the processing goal.