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Natural existence of 2-alkylcyclobutanones.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19053357     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Increased outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, including deaths in recent years, attributed in large part to consumption of food contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7, have become a worldwide concern. Food-borne illnesses constitute an unacceptable health risk demanding stringent food safety controls. Despite food irradiation being a known effective method to eliminate pathogens that are difficult to eradicate by conventional methods, consumers and industry at large have been reluctant to adopt it. This is mainly attributed to some apprehensions regarding the safety of irradiated food. One such apprehension relates to 2-alkylcylcyclobutanones, unique radiolytic products thought to be formed in minute quantities in food during radiation processing. We demonstrate here for the first time the natural occurrence of 2-dodecylcyclobutanone and 2-tetradecylcyclobutanone in commercial nonirradiated as well as fresh cashew nut samples and 2-decylcyclobutanone as well as 2-dodecylcyclobutanone in nonirradiated nutmeg samples. The presence of 2-tetradecenylcyclobutanone was also observed in both commercial and irradiated cashew nuts. The present study will provide greater impetus for wider adoption of radiation technology for elimination of food-borne pathogenic bacteria without apprehensions about the technology that can help ensure food safety.
Prasad S Variyar; Suchandra Chatterjee; M G Sajilata; Rekha S Singhal; Arun Sharma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of agricultural and food chemistry     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1520-5118     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Agric. Food Chem.     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-18     Completed Date:  2009-01-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374755     Medline TA:  J Agric Food Chem     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11817-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Food Technology Division, Trombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400085, India.
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MeSH Terms
Anacardium / chemistry*,  radiation effects
Consumer Product Safety / standards*
Cyclobutanes / chemistry*
Food Analysis
Food Irradiation*
Myristica fragrans / chemistry*,  radiation effects
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