Nonthermal sterilization of Listeria monocytogenes in infant foods by intense pulsed-light treatment

Mun Sil Choi, Chan Ick Cheigh, Eun Ae Jeong, Jung Kue Shin, Myong Soo Chung

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The purposes of this study were to determine the inactivation effects of intense pulsed light (IPL) on Listeria monocytogenes and the commercial feasibility of this sterilization method. The inactivation of L. monocytogenes at cultivated plates increased with increasing electric power and treatment time. Approximately 4-5 log reduction of the cell was achieved with IPL treatment for 5000, 600, 300, and 100 μs at 10, 15, 20, and 25 kV of voltage pulse, respectively. In the early stages of IPL treatments at 10, 15, and 20 kV, little inactivation was observed with a critical treatment time (tc) of 360.6, 95.5, and 32.2 μs, respectively, while an abrupt inactivation without a critical treatment time was observed at 25 kV. The sterilization effects on commercial infant foods inoculated with L. monocytogenes were investigated at 15 kV, which showed higher energy efficiency for the inactivation of L. monocytogenes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-509
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Food Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Youlchon Foundation in South Korea.


  • Inactivation
  • Infant foods
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL)
  • Listeria monocytogenes


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