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Effects of reduction in beef surface water activity on the survival of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 during heating

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McCann, M. S., McDowell, D. A. and Sheridan, J. J. (2009) Effects of reduction in beef surface water activity on the survival of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 during heating. JOURNAL OF APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY, 106 (6). pp. 1901-1907. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2009.04154.x

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2009.04154.x

Abstract

Aim: To investigate the influence of reducing beef surface water activity (aw) on the survival of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 during heating.Methods and Results:  Beef discs were surface inoculated with S. Typhimurium DT104 and either untreated or dried to achieve surface aw values of 0·95, 0·85 and 0·70. The samples were vacuum packed, heat-treated at 60°C and removed at predetermined times. The inactivation curves were influenced by aw and treatment time. Biphasic inactivation curves were observed for S. Typhimurium DT104 heat-treated on beef samples with altered aw values, which were characterized by an initial decline in cell numbers at commencement of heating followed by a much slower rate of inactivation during the remaining treatment period. Point estimates of the heating time required to achieve a 1 log reduction on beef surfaces with aw of 0·99, 0·95, 0·85 and 0·70 were 0·5, 1·55, 11·25 and 17·79 min, respectively.Conclusions:  A decrease in beef surface aw can substantially enhance the survival of S. Typhimurium DT104 after heating.Significance and Impact of the Study:  Caution needs to be taken using dry air as a decontamination method as this may rapidly decrease product surface and pathogen aw values resulting in enhanced survival.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Infection and Immunity/Microbiology
ID Code:10973
Deposited By:Professor David McDowell
Deposited On:30 Jan 2010 17:34
Last Modified:12 Mar 2013 14:04

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