|Bacteria in food|
What is food poisoning?
Symptoms of food poisoning
- Stomach cramps
- Stomach upset
How can phage be used to stop food poisoning?
Why phages are a better option for fighting food poisoning?
- Bacteriophages are fresh food-friendly. The most recommended method involves heating or cooling food to kill or inhibit the growth of food poisoning pathogens; these methods may limit the consumption of fresh food like vegetable salads and fruits.
- They can multiply to kill the invaders. This phenomenon is also known as auto dosing; once applied, phages will keep infecting and multiplying.
- Ability to crystalize until the pathogen is encountered. Like a virus, phage didn’t spare some extraordinary characters like crystalizing, hence increasing their duration to the area.
- They cause no harm to humans, plants, and animals (I wrote an article on the possibility of bacteriophage infecting a human cell).
- Ability to mutate in response to phage-resistant strains. Some studies reported that phages can mutate much faster compared to bacteria.
- Cause no change of taste, texture, or color to the food.
- Phages can be used to decontaminate solid surfaces like utensils and tops