Something old, something new. Hurdle Technology – a marriage of preservation techniques.

Literature review of hurdle technology – where novel and established food preservation methods are used in combination.

Year of Publication2009

In 2007, we published a review in Food New Zealand on existing and novel strategies for the biocontrol of foodborne bacteria. In that article we discussed the utility of various biological approaches such as bacteriophages and protective cultures to increase the safety and extend the shelf life of foods. In most cases, these do not in themselves offer a complete food safety solution; hence their application in combination with other preservation options (the hurdle technology concept) holds greater potential. What follows here is a review of this food preservation area and an update on some of the more recent findings published in the literature.

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