The goal for most food producers is to create a product that retains freshness and flavour all the way to the customer’s plate, whether that is via a supermarket, restaurant or farm shop.

UV germicidal lamps are becoming a popular choice in the control of food-borne diseases and other microbes which, although they may not be dangerous, cause food to spoil rapidly – for example some yeasts and mould spores.

UV disinfection had many advantages over other methods – it uses no chemicals or preservatives and the food will not be damaged or altered by heat treatment. UV disinfection can also be used to treat the surfaces, equipment and air in food processing and packaging plants (see processing and packaging).

Examples of UV disinfection in food and beverage production include:

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