Karst chat with David Gombas: revisting cantaloupe safety

01/19/2012 02:56:00 PM
Tom Karst

3:09 p.m. Karst: There was also talk of a steam/hot water approach to treating cantaloupe at the meeting. What do you know about that?

3:09 p.m. Gombas: A kill step, yes, That is one of the advantages for cantaloupe that most other commodities don’t have. The USDA several years ago developed and commercialized a hot water/steam system for surface sanitizing cantaloupes. And it is effective, it works. What it does for quality of the product, that’s a different question. I don’t have enough information on the quality aspects of (treated) cantaloupes. But the USDA believes it works and I know of at least one company that has used it for a while.

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