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Recent Advances and Potential Applications of Atmospheric Pressure Cold Plasma Technology for Sustainable Food Processing

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Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Ciencias de la Producción, Campus Gustavo Galindo Km 30.5 Vía Perimetral, P.O. Box 09-01-5863, Guayaquil 090902, Ecuador
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Faculty of Science, University of Burgos, Plaza Misael Bañuelos s/n, 09001 Burgos, Spain
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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Foods 2022, 11(13), 1833; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods11131833
Received: 16 May 2022 / Revised: 13 June 2022 / Accepted: 17 June 2022 / Published: 22 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Food Security and Sustainability)
In a circular economy, products, waste, and resources are kept in the system as long as possible. This review aims to highlight the importance of cold plasma technology as an alternative solution to some challenges in the food chain, such as the extensive energy demand and the hazardous chemicals used. Atmospheric cold plasma can provide a rich source of reactive gas species such as radicals, excited neutrals, ions, free electrons, and UV light that can be efficiently used for sterilization and decontamination, degrading toxins, and pesticides. Atmospheric cold plasma can also improve the utilization of materials in agriculture and food processing, as well as convert waste into resources. The use of atmospheric cold plasma technology is not without challenges. The wide range of reactive gas species leads to many questions about their safety, active life, and environmental impact. Additionally, the associated regulatory approval process requires significant data demonstrating its efficacy. Cold plasma generation requires a specific reliable system, process control monitoring, scalability, and worker safety protections. View Full-Text
Keywords: cold plasma; sustainable technology; decontamination; non-thermal food processing; food safety cold plasma; sustainable technology; decontamination; non-thermal food processing; food safety
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Yepez, X.; Illera, A.E.; Baykara, H.; Keener, K. Recent Advances and Potential Applications of Atmospheric Pressure Cold Plasma Technology for Sustainable Food Processing. Foods 2022, 11, 1833. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods11131833

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Yepez X, Illera AE, Baykara H, Keener K. Recent Advances and Potential Applications of Atmospheric Pressure Cold Plasma Technology for Sustainable Food Processing. Foods. 2022; 11(13):1833. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods11131833

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Yepez, Ximena, Alba E. Illera, Haci Baykara, and Kevin Keener. 2022. "Recent Advances and Potential Applications of Atmospheric Pressure Cold Plasma Technology for Sustainable Food Processing" Foods 11, no. 13: 1833. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods11131833

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