An extremely high with germs goods (organic fennel) was processed five times under standard – conditions in the pilot plant the infrared treatment. In each case a sample before and a sample after was taken and was analyzed for the microbiological examination.

Results and evaluation

The avarage results of the reduction are 8×105 (bioburdon) and 5×105 (enterobacteria). Each sample was above a germ reduction of 3×105.
All examined microorganisms (mold, Bacillus cereus, Clostridium and yeasts) were after the infrared treatment significantly below the current limit values. A change in the content and the composition of the essential oils was not observed.

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