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Using natural antimicrobials to enhance the safety and quality of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables

Application techniques and quality issues

M.V. Alvarez1, M. del R. Moreira1, S.I. Roura1, J.F. Ayala-Zavala2,  and G.A. González-Aguilar2     1Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina     2Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, Hermosillo, Mexico

Abstract

This chapter describes the use of natural antimicrobials as an alternative to synthetic disinfectants in order to assure safety, preserve quality, and extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. It also discusses secondary responses induced by the application of natural agents (antioxidant and flavoring effects).

Keywords

Natural antimicrobials; Secondary ...

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