Application of Electrolyzed Water in Red Meat and Poultry Processing

  • Yanhong BaiEmail author
  • Liyuan Niu
  • Qisen Xiang


Foods of animal origin, such as red meat and poultry products, are primary sources of superior protein for humans. With the production and consumption of these products increasing rapidly in recent decades, microbial safety and food quality are vital issues. Electrolyzed water (EW) as a sanitizer has awakened high interest in the food industry of many countries. The use of EW to decontaminate fresh red meat, ready-to-eat meat, poultry and shell eggs has been effective in reducing pathogenic microorganisms. Moreover, EW presents many advantages over traditional decontaminants; it provides effective antimicrobial activity and is environmentally friendly, simple to handle and relatively inexpensive. However, no complete elimination of pathogens on red meat and chicken meat was obtained after treatment of the meats with EW. This result probably occurs because organic matter and blood residue were present. This chapter provides a brief overview of how EW treatment affects foods of animal origin, especially the microbial safety and the physicochemical and sensory qualities of the food.


Electrolyzed water Red meat Poultry product Application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Food and Biological EngineeringZhengzhou University of Light IndustryZhengzhouChina
  2. 2.Henan Key Laboratory of Cold Chain Food Quality and Safety ControlZhengzhouChina
  3. 3.Henan Collaborative Innovation Center of Food Production and SafetyZhengzhouChina

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