Contamination by Listeria monocytogenes in packaged produce is a major concern. The purpose of this study was to find natural and affordable sanitizers to reduce L. monocytogenes contamination in agricultural products. Organic acids, ultraviolet-C (UV-C), and ethanol were analyzed either alone or in combination to assess their ability to reduce L. monocytogenes population in radish, oriental melon, and carrot samples. In radish samples, 3% malic acid combined with UV-C at a dosage of 144 mj/cm2 significantly reduced (>4 log CFU/g) the population of L. monocytogenes (1.44 ± 0.5) compared to the control sample (5.14 ± 0.09). In the case of the melon samples, exposure to UV-C at a dosage of 144 mj/cm2 combined with 3% lactic acid (2.73 ± 0.75) or 50% ethanol (2.30 ± 0.01) was effective against L. monocytogenes compared to the control sample (5.10 ± 0.19). In carrot samples, 3% lactic acid combined with 144...

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