Studies lead to safer produce
A group of researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service are developing new technologies to remove or inactivate microbial contaminants from fresh and minimally processed fruit and produce.

Bacteria attach to the surface of fruits and vegetables and form biofilms, which are masses of microbes attached to surfaces and to each other by bacterial polymers. Scientists believe that this polymer coating may help protect bacterial cells from ha…

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