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Investigations into Possible Alternative Decontamination Methods for Salmonella enteritidis on the Surface of Table Eggs


Department of Bacterial Diseases, Veterinary Laboratories Agency - Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, UK


Investigations into various alternative techniques for decontamination of the surfaces of artificially contaminated shell eggs were carried out. Ionized air, exposure to ozone in a dry atmosphere and use of a commercial herbal antibacterial product were not effective. Application of ozone in a humid environment was only partially effective but a commercial ionized water anolyte was highly effective in eliminating Salmonella from egg surfaces.