Natural antimicrobial agents of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum L. and C. cassia) and vanilla (Vanilla planifola, V. pompona, and V. tahitensis) for extending the shelf-life of fresh-cut fruits

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Bizuayehu Mengstie Muche
H. P. Vasantha Rupasinghe

Abstract

Currently there is an increasing demand for fresh-cut fruits due to their convenience and
health benefits. However, the different food borne disease outbreaks associated with fresh
produce has challenged the fresh-cut fruit industry. Owing to the increasing consumers’
concern about chemical preservatives and the stringent legislation on some of the existing
preservatives, the need of substituting chemical preservatives with more consumer friendly
and safe natural products is getting a growing demand. Many researchers have investigated
the antimicrobial effects of spices and herbs such as cinnamon and vanilla, which have
acceptable aroma and flavour for consumers in the North America. This review article
describes the application of natural plant-derived antimicrobial agents in controlling
pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms associated with fresh-cut fruits with special
emphasis on the use of vanilla and cinnamon.

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Mengstie Muche, B., & Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2011). Natural antimicrobial agents of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum L. and C. cassia) and vanilla (Vanilla planifola, V. pompona, and V. tahitensis) for extending the shelf-life of fresh-cut fruits. Ethiopian Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 2(1), 1-13. Retrieved from http://journals.ju.edu.et/index.php/ejast/article/view/819
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Bizuayehu Mengstie Muche, Dalhousie University, Canada

Department of Process Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dalhousie University, Canada

H. P. Vasantha Rupasinghe, Truro, NS, B2N5E3 Canada

Department of Environmental Sciences, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS, B2N
5E3 Canada