Every article I have read points to sanitization DOES NOT equal sterilization. I am not a scientist or even close to an expert. Everything I have read says that sterilization is sanitation on steroids. It is taking sanitization one step forward .
Although...maybe I am reading #fakenews
I suppose sanitization could refer to just "cleaning". Regardless though, I think we're all after the same thing, 0 chance of infection from stray bad fungus & bacteria. For brewing we use starsan which does accomplish this. I also use it for hot sauce making along with heating the mash immed prior to bottling