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FDA Approves New Processing Technology

Posted March 22, 2011 8:00 AM by Sharkles

A new microwave sterilization process for pre-packaged, low-acid foods was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The process is said to result in longer shelf life, better flavors, and increased nutritional value over traditional food processing methods.

Scientists at Washington State University developed the process, which works by immersing packaged foods into hot water. This concurrently heats the package and microwaves it at 915 megahertz, a frequency that penetrates much deeper than conventional home microwaves. In five-to-eight minutes, the heating/microwave combination eliminates food pathogens and spoilage microorganisms and results in better quality, ready-to-eat products.

Juming Tang, a professor in WSU's Department of Biological Systems Engineering, said that the approval came after more than 10 years of research. "Our team patented system designs in October 2006 after more than 10 years of research. We spent another three years, developing a semi-continuous system, collecting engineering data and microbiologically validating the process before receiving FDA acceptance."

The new process has already been praised by early adopters like Kraft Foods who say that the technology will make a huge difference for the food industry.

What do you think of this new process?

Source: Washington State University Research News

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03/23/2011 8:35 AM

Although this may be good news for some businesses in the food industry, I would think that it actually will hurt the restaurant bussiness even more than the old process. Basically, if the taste of microwaved foods has improved tremendously, families will stay home more often when hungry. Only time will tell.

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03/23/2011 11:45 AM

Hi AskQ, Going to a restaurant once a week is something of an enjoyable outing, and although the main reason for going to a restaurant is for the food, it has other advantages, one day a week there will be no washing up after dinner, then there is the feeling of being out of the house in the evening with your loved one, or with the children, whom you also love, so I cannot see that this proccess will decrease restaurant visits!

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03/23/2011 12:30 PM

Patented in 2006. 10 years in development. It's now 2011. Hmmm I hope your process works better than the math does. Just kidding.

It sounds like a lot better idea than radiation.

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03/23/2011 8:57 PM

It sounds like a lot better idea than radiation.

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03/23/2011 9:01 PM

Just like high pressure pasteurization.

http://highpressuredynamics.com/id3.html

Flow International (maker of high pressure Water Jets) developed this procedure for pasteurizing orange Juice. Allot of development time goes through this. And then to get FDA approvals

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