By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The young Costa Rican researcher, Carolina Zúñiga, a student from the school of Food Technology of the Universidad de Costa Rica, has been selected as one of six finalists in the undergraduate research competition to be held in Las Vegas on June. The Institute of Food Technologists organizes the competition.
Ms. Zúñiga is the first student from a university outside the United States and Canada that will make it all the way to the finals in this competition.
She will defend her research before a jury and determine whether reducing the pH of food through the addition of organic acids is a strategy to prevent the spores of deteriorating microorganisms and pathogens in the Chili Sauces marketed in Costa Rica, particularly Clostridium botulinum.
To conduct her investigation, Zuñiga was given a $1,000 grant from the university.