*This article describes an Opinion of the Senate Commission on Food Safety (SKLM) of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The SKLM advises authorities and the government on the safety for health of foodstuffs. For further information on the SKLM activity profile, see Eisenbrand, G., The DFG-Senate Commission on Food Safety (SKLM). Mol. Nutr. Food Res. 2005, 49, 285–288.
Opinion on the use of plasma processes for treatment of foods*
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
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Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Volume 57, Issue 5, pages 920–927, May 2013
How to Cite
Schlüter, O., Ehlbeck, J., Hertel, C., Habermeyer, M., Roth, A., Engel, K.-H., Holzhauser, T., Knorr, D. and Eisenbrand, G. (2013), Opinion on the use of plasma processes for treatment of foods. Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 57: 920–927. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201300039
Further detailed information on the work of the DFG-Senate Commission on Food Safety can be provided by Professor Dr. Gerhard Eisenbrand, Food Chemistry and Toxicology, University of Kaiserslautern or by the Scientific Office of the SKLM: S. Guth, M. Habermeyer and A. Roth, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and also by Dr. A. Krawisch, DFG-administrative headquarters, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 14 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 14 JAN 2013
- Food microbiology;
- Food safety;
- Food technology;
- Safety assessment
The working group “Food technology and safety” of the DFG Senate Commission on Food Safety (SKLM) advises on new technologies concerning food processing. Treatment with plasma is a newly developed process, which is currently used only on a pilot scale in Europe. The novel plasma treatment technology is experimentally applied to consumer goods. There are also potential applications in the food sector, e.g. to inactivate microorganisms on food surfaces. There is still insufficient information on concomitant physical and chemical processes and changes induced in the food. On May 25th 2012, the SKLM issued a first statement on plasma treatment of foods in German. The English version was agreed on December 14th 2012.