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How to change F value to log reductions

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Category: Thermal processing
Forum Name: Thermal processing
Forum Description: Effects of heat on food, enzymes and microorganisms
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Topic: How to change F value to log reductions
Posted By: beachgirl
Subject: How to change F value to log reductions
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2010 at 7:56pm
Hi me again!
For some of our lines we have to work the no of log kills. knowing the F value can you tell us how to do this plaese!

Posted By: Admin
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2010 at 10:08pm
Thanks for the question.
There are a number of  processes where there are  statutory requirements to submit the product to a heat-treatment that reduces the survival of a target organism by a defined number of log cycles.
The number of log reductions can easily be calculated using the equation below. 
FRT = DRT x log reduction.  So divide the F-value by the D-value to obtain the number of log cycle kills. 
RT= reference temperature.
D = decimal reduction time (minutes) at RT.
F =
equivalent time (minutes) at RT required to achieve specified level of microbial death. 

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