Research – Comparison of pH effects on ohmic heating and conventional heating for inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium and Listeria monocytogenes in orange juice

Science Direct

Highlights

Effect of pH on ohmic heating compared to conventional heating was investigated.

Adjusting pH has significant effect on the heating rate of ohmic heating.

Unusual tendency of pathogen inactivation was identified in ohmic heating.

Quality aspects of samples were not severely degraded regardless of pH.

Abstract

The objective of the current study is to identify the influence of acidity on ohmic heating compared to conventional heating for inactivation of food-borne pathogensin orange juice. For conventional heating, the heating rate was not significantly different (P > 0.05) regardless of pH and pathogens were inactivated more effectively at lower pH. However, different patterns were observed for ohmic heating. Although temperature and electrical conductivity were not greatly affected by lowering pH, temperature increased more rapidly with increasing pH due to higher electrical conductivity. Also, the inactivation patterns were significantly different (P < 0.05) from conventional heating. While Salmonella Typhimurium was inactivated most rapidly at pH 2.5, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes were inactivated most rapidly at pH 4.5. When pathogens were exposed to each heating method at a fixed temperature, additional effects of ohmic heating were not observed. Also, the overall quality of orange juice subjected to ohmic heating was not greatly affected at any pH level. Therefore, increasing as well as lowering pH can also be considered effective ways to optimize pasteurization of orange juice when using ohmic heating. The different characteristics of ohmic heating compared to conventional heating indicate the necessity of a new approach.

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