Do microwave ovens sterilise?
E.C.Apling at btinternet.com
Tue Feb 3 03:45:53 EST 1998
Shad Turner wrote in message <34d58392.6955097 at news.axionet.com>...
>Hi. I was just wondering something. I know that some types of
>radiation (namely UV and gamma) will kill some bacteria. So I was
>wondering if a microwave oven would do the same job in sterilizing
>things to some degree? (Better than doing the dishes!)
>Thanx a lot,
>bagel at axionet.com
>To reply to this person via e-mail, remove "nospam" from the e-mail address
The short answer is NO. Any destruction of microorganisms in the microwave
oven will result from heating alone.
NEVER rely on the microwave to make food safe.
BSc, CChem, MChemA, FRSC, FIFST, MRSH
Professional Member, American Association of Cereal Chemists
Professional Member, Institute of Food Technologists (USA)
Lecturer in Food Science, University of Reading, 1962-1986
email: E.C.Apling at btinternet.com
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