Chitosan shows promise as weapon against food poisoning

Study looked at full life cycle of C. perfringens, which produces tough, metabolically dormant spores that can survive many food processing approaches.

Chitosan, a natural carbohydrate derived from crustacean shells, is showing promise as a weapon against food poisoning.

After salmonella poisoning, the second-most common bacterial foodborne illness in the U.S. is Clostridium perfringens food poisoning. Present in soil, decaying vegetation and the intestinal tracts of vertebrates, C. perfringens typically infects people when they eat meat that hasn’t been thoroughly cooked or properly stored, allowing the bacte

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