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Pulsed UV light to decontaminate eggs

Natalie Berkhout at reports researchers at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences in the US have discovered that pulsed ultraviolet (UV) light can be an effective means of killing pathogens found on eggshells. This is a valuable finding for the poultry industry. In the US, 9% of all foodborne illnesses are associated with eggs, according to lead researcher Josh Cassar, doctoral student in animal science. By reducing the microbial load on eggs, foodborne illness outbreaks associated with eggs and poultry meat can be reduced. Researcher Paul Patterson, professor of poultry science at Penn State, says this technology has…
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