Monday, December 30, 2013

Pecan shells counter listeria

Pecan shells seem to be a viable product to counter food-poisoning Listeria bacteria on organic chicken meat.

A study by the Institute of Food Technologies says extracts were taken from raw pecan shells and found capable of killing Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes.

The study has been published in the Journal of Food Science.

The authors also report that the extract from pecan shells reduced spoilage organisms by more than 1,000 times. That  would increase the shelf life of the chicken.

The researchers concluded that the natural pecan shell extracts may prove to be an effective alternative antimicrobial against food pathogens and supplement the demand for organic antimicrobials.

Yes, but is it safe? 

Just because it’s natural and organic does not mean it’s safe to use on food for human consumption because the extract just might kill humans, too.