This study examined the efficacy of UV light for reducing Escherichia coli O157:H7 in unpasteurized cider. Cider containing a mixture of acid-resistant E. coli O157:H7 (6.3 log CFU/ml) was treated using a thin-film UV disinfection unit at 254 nm. Dosages ranged from 9,402 to 61,005 μW-s/cm2. Treatment significantly reduced E. coli O157:H7 (P ≤ 0.0001). Mean reduction for all treated samples was 3.81 log CFU/ml. Reduction was also affected by the level of background microflora in cider. Results indicate that UV light is effective for reducing this pathogen in cider. However, with the dosages used in this experiment, additional reduction measures are necessary to achieve the required 5-log reduction.

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