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A microwave-assisted ultraviolet sterilization system was developed to study the synergistic effect in the sterilization of milk. Electrodeless lamps emitting ultraviolet radiation inside the microwave chamber gave a synergistic effect without challenging food safety standards. This study compared the results of both microwave and microwave assisted ultraviolet sterilizations of milk in terms of various microbial tests and physicochemical properties. The microwave-assisted ultraviolet system was found to be more effective compared to microwave alone. A significant difference (P<0.05) was observed for total plate count and methylene blue reduction test between microwave and microwave assisted ultraviolet treatment from 5 to 15 secs. Microwave-assisted ultraviolet treatment decreased the microbial count exponentially and showed <1 log (CFU ml–1) after ten seconds of treatment. During the treatment period, no significant difference was observed in the physicochemical properties of milk.

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Rice brokens were utilized in the development of pasta products. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to analyze the effect of pre-gelatinized rice flour (from rice brokens), vital gluten, water, glycerol monostearate (GMS) and sodium alginate on the quality responses (sensory, cooking quality, rehydration ratio and solids loss) of the pasta product. A rotatable central-composite design was used to develop models for the responses. Responses were affected most by changes in rice flour and vital gluten levels and to a lesser extent by water, GMS and sodium alginate levels. The maximum sensory score (39.69), cooking quality (12.38), rehydration ratio (3.11) and minimum solids loss (15.64) were identified at 671.05 g kg-1rice flour, 242.40 g kg-1water, 74.70 g kg-1vital gluten, 2.14 g kg-1GMS and 9.71 g kg-1sodium alginate levels.

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