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Scientists Discover New Method Of Destroying Harmful Food-Borne Bacteria

February 2, 2012: 11:24 PM EST
A study by U.S. researchers has determined that treating uncooked poultry with plasma – a high-energy, charged mixture of gaseous atoms, ions and electrons sometimes called the “fourth state of matter” – significantly reduced the levels of dangerous bacteria. In the study, raw chicken samples contaminated with Salmonella enterica and Campylobacter jejuni – the bacteria found on  70 percent of chicken meat tested – were treated with plasma for varying periods of time. The treatment eliminated or nearly eliminated bacteria in low levels from skinless chicken breast and chicken skin, and significantly reduced the level of bacteria when contamination levels were high.
"A Zap of Cold Plasma Reduces Harmful Bacteria on Raw Chicken in Drexel Study", Press release. Drexel University, February 02, 2012, © Drexel University
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