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Application of Electrolyzed Water on Environment Sterilization

  • Charles Nkufi TangoEmail author
  • Mohammed Shakhawat Hussain
  • Deog-Hwan Oh
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Abstract

A number of studies have considered environment surfaces of food processing and medical equipment and facilities as potential source of food contamination and transmission of pathogens to hospitalized patients. To prevent food contamination and infection transmission, there is a need for good cleaning and disinfection programs. Excellent cleaning and disinfection program require sequential washing steps with clean and water, alkaline, acidic, and rinsing water applications in numerous combinations of temperature and concentration. Electrolyzed water is effective and an alternative sanitizer with a number of advantages. Regarding pH, it can be produced in the same electrolytic cell to obtain alkaline and AEW solutions. Therefore, it has the potential to play both cleaning and disinfecting functions on environmental surfaces. EW solutions have pertinent potentials for preventing cross contamination and infection transmission in the food industry and hospital. EW solutions have been found to provide an excellent cleaning and disinfection results compared to traditional treatments. The on-site production of EW solutions requires few and safe ingredients to produce EW which are environmental friendly. In this chapter, we review the mode of application and factors affecting the efficacy of EW on environment cleaning and disinfection. We also discuss its potential impact on cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces in food processing and healthcare facilities.

Keywords

Electrolyzed water (EW) Environment Food processing Agriculture Health care 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Nkufi Tango
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammed Shakhawat Hussain
    • 2
  • Deog-Hwan Oh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Agricultural Industries, Faculty of AgronomyUniversity of KinshasaKinshasaDemocratic Republic of the Congo
  2. 2.Department of Bioconvergence Science and TechnologyCollege of Agriculture and Life Science, Kangwon National UniversityChuncheonRepublic of Korea

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