Reducing the microbial risk of microgreens
Microgreens are popular, high-profit produce but are also susceptible to microbial contamination. Researchers are trying to better understand the food safety risks associated with these greens so that they can be grown with fewer risks.
Researchers at the University of Illinois tested various sanitation methods to develop treatments that were both effective and environmentally friendly. By combining ultrasound with warm water, the researchers were able to treat seeds and inactivate microorganisms. And after the treatment, the seed germination rates were above federal standards. This effective treatment is friendly to the environment and can make the microgreens safer from harmful microbial contamination.