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US: Steam more effective at removing pathogens on cantaloupes

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Outbreak News Today: Dike Ukuku and his colleagues at the ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Unit in Wyndmoor has demonstrated that a relatively inexpensive steam cleaner designed to remove wallpaper and clean outdoor grills can rid cantaloupes of E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria more effectively than existing washes and chlorine treatments. The technique produced sufficient heat to kill surface pathogens but not enough heat to damage the fruits.

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