Pasteurization of food products

  • US 6,780,448 B1
  • Filed: 02/06/2001
  • Issued: 08/24/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/06/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A process for pasteurizing an outer surface of a food product wherein said outer surface extends around said food product and said food product has already been cooked, said process comprising the steps of:

  • (a) exposing said outer surface to infrared energy by continuously conveying said food product through an infrared oven and then (b) packaging said food product, wherein step (a) is conducted in a manner such that substantially no change in color is produced in said outer surface and wherein substantially no additional heating of said food product occurs between steps (a) and (b).

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