What is it about?

Ready-to-eat meat products are sometimes associated with recall and outbreaks linked to Listeria monocytogenes (LM). The LM source is often linked to environmental contamination generally occurring after cooking. This paper provides scientific data on the effectiveness of a novel rechargeable non-leaching polycationic N-halamine coating to reduce four different LM strains.

Featured Image

Why is it important?

Antimicrobial polymeric materials (N-halamine) are attracting growing interest among applied researchers and industry due to their antimicrobial properties and their potential to be used on food contact surfaces. The use of antimicrobial coatings in high-risk areas, like packaging, could reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination in RTE products. The presented information will help producers to evaluate the potential of antimicrobial coatings as a potential intervention to reduce Listeria monocytogenes cross-contamination in RTE products.


I hope this article helps producers to explore novel technologies that could help foodborne pathogen reduction interventions in ready-to-eat meat products and provide them with a deeper understanding of N-halamine applications and antimicrobial mechanisms. It was a pleasure to work with the co-authors of this paper as well as with our graduate students.

Claudia Narvaez
University of Manitoba

Read the Original

This page is a summary of: Effectiveness of a Novel, Rechargeable, Polycationic N-halamine Antibacterial Coating on Listeria Monocytogenes Survival in Food Processing Environments, Journal of Food Protection, July 2020, International Association for Food Protection,
DOI: 10.4315/jfp-20-084.
You can read the full text:




The following have contributed to this page