Food surfaces

New coatings that prevent the growth of bacteria and other microbes in a food preparation setting were reported at the recent "Where Science Feeds Innovation" symposium hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). “Manufacturers already work diligently to keep their facilities clean, but we are creating materials that are even less likely to harbor bad bugs,” explains Cornell University's Julie Goddard whose team is designing polymer coatings to resist microbial adhesion and deactivate microbes that do manage to stick. She suggests the materials will be commercially available in the next few years.