Analysis of bacterial inactivation by intense pulsed light using a double-Weibull survival model

Hee Jeong Hwang, Ji Hyun Seo, Chanmin Jeong, Chan Ick Cheigh, Myong Soo Chung

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The objective of this study was to measure the inactivation efficiencies of intense pulsed light (IPL) on six types of bacteria and determine how the efficiency values are related to the spectral transmittance of IPL. All of the microorganisms exhibited up to 7-log CFU/mL reductions, and the double-Weibull survival model provided the best fit to the inactivation curves. We obtained 4Dv values (which is the fluence required to inactivate 99.99% of viable cells) and zv values (which is the increase in lamp voltage required for a 1-log reduction of the 4Dv value) for lamp voltages ranging from 800 to 1800 V (corresponding to total fluences from 0.00 to 11.41 J/cm2). The 4Dv values for Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella Enteritidis, and Shigella sonnei for IPL treatment at 1800 V were 1.57, 0.66, 0.62, 0.79, 0.66, and 1.63 J/cm2, respectively, while the corresponding zv values were 5553, 3590, 3201, 3678, 3672, and 6440 V, respectively. The variations in the sensitivity to IPL were related to differences in the transmittance of the microorganisms. A practical model was developed to predict the 4Dv values of microorganisms based on their transmittance and the IPL lamp voltage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102185
JournalInnovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies
StatePublished - Aug 2019

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by Korea Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology in Food, Agriculture, Forestry (IPET) through High Value-added Food Technology Development Program, funded by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affais (MAFRA) ( 317030-3 ) and Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education ( NRF-2016R1D1A3B03931649 ).

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  • D value
  • Foodborne pathogens
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL)
  • Sensitivity
  • Transmittance
  • z value


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