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Food Microbiology

Ranju Paudyal, Ruth H Barnes, Kimon Andreas G Karatzas
Here it is demonstrated a novel approach in disinfection regimes where specific molecular acid resistance systems are inhibited aiming to eliminate microorganisms under acidic conditions. Despite the importance of the Glutamate Decarboxylase (GAD) system for survival of Listeria monocytogenes and other pathogens under acidic conditions, its potential inhibition by specific compounds that could lead to its elimination from foods or food preparation premises has not been studied. The effects of maleic acid on the acid resistance of L...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Megan N Biango-Daniels, Kathie T Hodge
Production of sea salt begins with evaporation of sea water in shallow pools called salterns, and ends with the harvest and packing of salts. This process provides many opportunities for fungal contamination. This study aimed to determine whether finished salts contain viable fungi that have the potential to cause spoilage when sea salt is used as a food ingredient by isolating fungi on a medium that simulated salted food with a lowered water activity (0.95 aw). The viable filamentous fungi from seven commercial salts were quantified and identified by DNA sequencing, and the fungal communities in different salts were compared...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Julia Esbelin, Tiago Santos, Michel Hébraud
Water is essential for all living organisms, for animals as well as for plants and micro-organisms. For these latter, the presence of water or a humid environment with a high air relative humidity (RH) is necessary for their survival and growth. Thus, variations in the availability of water or in the air relative humidity constitute widespread environmental stresses which challenge microorganisms, and especially bacteria. Indeed, in their direct environment, bacteria are often faced with conditions that remove cell-bound water through air-drying of the atmosphere...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Emil Emmanuel C Estilo, Alonzo A Gabriel
This study was conducted to determine the effects of intrinsic juice characteristics namely insoluble solids (IS, 0-3 %w/v), and soluble solids (SS, 0-70 °Brix), and extrinsic process parameter treated volume (250-1000 mL) on the UV-C inactivation rates of heat-stressed Salmonella enterica in simulated fruit juices (SFJs). A Rotatable Central Composite Design of Experiment (CCRD) was used to determine combinations of the test variables, while Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was used to characterize and quantify the influences of the test variables on microbial inactivation...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Maryam Alnoman, Pathima Udompijitkul, Saeed Banawas, Mahfuzur R Sarker
Clostridium perfringens type A isolates carrying a chromosomal enterotoxin (cpe) gene (C-cpe) are generally linked to food poisoning, while isolates carrying cpe on a plasmid (P-cpe) are associated with non-food-borne gastrointestinal diseases. Both C-cpe and P-cpe isolates can form metabolically dormant spores, which through germination process return to actively growing cells to cause diseases. In our previous study, we showed that only 3 out of 20 amino acids (aa) in phosphate buffer (pH 7.0) triggered germination of spores of P-cpe isolates (P-cpe spores)...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Kai Chen, Carlos Escott, Iris Loira, Juan Manuel Del Fresno, Antonio Morata, Wendu Tesfaye, Fernando Calderon, Jose Antonio Suárez-Lepe, Shunyu Han, Santiago Benito
Today, many non-Saccharomyces strains have been verified can be positive for the development of wine anthocyanin and aroma in different fermentation scenarios. Moreover, oenological tannins are widely used in wine industry to improve the colour profile and aroma complexity. The aim of this work is to analyze the fermentation characters of non-Saccharomyces strains and investigate the effects of pre-fermentative addition of oenological tannins on the wine components as well as sensory properties. For this purpose, five selected non-Saccharomyces strains and grape seed tannin were used to carry out the different fermentation trials...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Theofilos Papadopoulos, Apostolos S Angelidis, Evridiki Boukouvala, Antonios Zdragas, Anna Papa, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, Daniel Sergelidis
The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the production chain of dairy products. Of 367 tested samples (36 bulk tank milk (BTM), 19 dairy products, 72 human, 185 animal, 55 equipment), 212 (57.8%) were found positive for S. aureus. Almost all isolates (99.6%) were resistant to at least one antimicrobial and 13.3% were multi-drug resistant (MDR), exhibiting resistance to three or more antibiotic classes. Eleven samples (3%) were found contaminated by MRSA carrying the mecA gene...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Cinzia Porru, Francisco Rodríguez-Gómez, Antonio Benítez-Cabello, Rufino Jiménez-Díaz, Giacomo Zara, Marilena Budroni, Ilaria Mannazzu, Francisco Noé Arroyo-López
Directly brined black table olives of Bosana variety are a traditional food product of Sardinia island (Italy), spontaneously fermented by yeasts among other microorganisms. However, as far as we know, the identification, biotechnological and probiotic potential of this yeast community has not been investigated yet. In this work, a total of 72 yeast isolates previously obtained from Bosana olive brines were first genotyped by Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD-PCR) analysis with primer M13, and then identified by sequencing of D1/D2 domains of rDNA 26S gene...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Zhihong Yang, Heather Chambers, Erin DiCaprio, Gary Gao, Jianrong Li
Human norovirus (NoV) is a leading cause of fresh produce associated outbreaks. Previous research indicates that the roots of growing leafy greens and berries internalize human NoV. However the effect of plant type and inoculum level on internalization rates has not been directly compared. In this study we compared the internalization and dissemination rates of human NoV and its surrogate, Tulane virus (TV) in green onion, radishes, and Romaine lettuce. We also evaluated the effect inoculum level and plant growth matrix on the rate of viral internalization...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
C D Hickey, V Fallico, M G Wilkinson, J J Sheehan
This study investigated the differential effect of salt concentration in the outside and inside layers of brine salted cheeses on viability, culturability and enzyme activity of starter bacteria. The high-salt environment of the outside layer caused a sharp decrease in L. helveticus viability as measured by traditional plate counts. Remarkably, this was associated with lower release of intracellular enzymes (LDH), reduced levels of proteolysis and larger membrane integrity as measured by flow cytometry (FC) following classical Live/Dead staining...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Ana A Bengoa, M Goretti Llamas, Carolina Iraporda, M Teresa Dueñas, Analía G Abraham, Graciela L Garrote
EPS-producing LAB are widely used in the dairy industry since these polymers improve the viscosity and texture of the products. Besides, EPS might be responsible for several health benefits attributed to probiotic strains. However, growth conditions (culture media, temperature, pH) could modify EPS production affecting both technological and probiotic properties. In this work, the influence of growth temperature on EPS production was evaluated, as well as the consequences of these changes in the probiotic properties of the strains...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Kamila Tozzo, Américo F G Neto, Katherinne M Spercoski, Milton Ronnau, Vanessa M Soares, Luciano S Bersot
Salmonella spp. have been shown to migrate to the internal regions of meat cuts. Storage conditions and the presence of proteolytic microbiota can influence this process. Our study assessed the impact of storage time, temperature, and the presence of proteolytic psychrotrophic bacteria on migration. Samples of previously frozen chicken breast with skin and bone were then sterilized using gamma ray irradiation and a cobalt-60 source (11 KGy) and them were inoculated with cultures of S. Enteritidis, S. Enteritidis and psychrotrophs, S...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Valeria Torok, Kate Hodgson, Catherine McLeod, Jessica Tan, Navreet Malhi, Alison Turnbull
Internationally human enteric viruses, such as norovirus (NoV) and hepatitis A virus (HAV), are frequently associated with shellfish related foodborne disease outbreaks, and it has been suggested that acceptable NoV limits based on end-point testing be established for this high risk food group. Currently, shellfish safety is generally managed through the use of indicators of faecal contamination. Between July 2014 and August 2015, a national prevalence survey for NoV and HAV was done in Australian oysters suitable for harvest...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Hayriye Cetin-Karaca, Melissa C Newman
The objective of this study was to determine the potential use of Trans-cinnamaldehyde (TC), (-)-Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and [10]-Gingerol (GI) to inhibit the growth of B. cereus in infant rice cereal reconstituted with infant formula. Samples were inoculated with either vegetative cells or spores of B. cereus (ATCC 14579), and they were treated with 500 ppm (mg/L) TC, EGCG and GI. They were stored at 7 °C, 23 °C, or 37 °C for 0, 4, 8 and 24 h to simulate advance preparation, handling and temperature abuse...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Begoña Rubio, Arícia Possas, Francisco Rincón, Rosa María García-Gímeno, Beatríz Martínez
A central composite design was implemented to study the effect of three factors on HHP-induced L. monocytogenes inactivation in Spanish chorizo sausage, in order to increase its effectiveness: product aw (0.79-0.92), pressure intensities (349-600 MPa, at 18 °C) and holding time (0-12.53 min). Response surface methodology was implemented with backward stepwise regression to generate a model that best fitted to the experimental data. All the three factors studied significantly influenced HHP inactivation of L...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Vasileios Englezos, Francesco Cravero, Fabrizio Torchio, Kalliopi Rantsiou, Anne Ortiz-Julien, Milena Lambri, Vincenzo Gerbi, Luca Rolle, Luca Cocolin
Starmerella bacillaris (synonym Candida zemplinina) is a non-Saccharomyces yeast that has been proposed as a co-inoculant of selected Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains in mixed culture fermentations to enhance the analytical composition of the wines. In order to acquire further knowledge on the metabolic interactions between these two species, in this study we investigated the impact of oxygen addition and combination of Starm. bacillaris with S. cerevisiae strains on the microbial growth and metabolite production...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Helen R Murphy, Hediye Nese Cinar, Gopal Gopinath, Kathy E Noe, Lacresha D Chatman, Nancy E Miranda, June H Wetherington, Jason Neal-McKinney, Gabrielle S Pires, Elizabeth Sachs, Kristopher J Stanya, Cynthia L Johnson, Fernanda S Nascimento, Monica Santin, Aleksey Molokin, Mansour Samadpour, Harish Janagama, Amy Kahler, Candace Miller, Alexandre J da Silva
A collaborative validation study was performed to evaluate the performance of a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration method developed for detection of the protozoan parasite, Cyclospora cayetanensis, on cilantro and raspberries. The method includes a sample preparation step in which oocysts are recovered from produce using an enhanced produce washing solution containing 0.1% Alconox and a commercially available method to disrupt the C. cayetanensis oocysts and extract DNA. A real-time PCR assay targeting the C...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Simona Prencipe, Ilenia Siciliano, Cecilia Contessa, Roberto Botta, Angelo Garibaldi, Maria Lodovica Gullino, Davide Spadaro
An extensive sampling of Aspergillus section Flavi considered to be the main agent responsible for aflatoxin contamination, was carried out in the field and along the processing phases of chestnut flour production in 2015. Fifty-eight isolates were characterized by means of biological, molecular and chemical assays. The highest incidence of Aspergillus section Flavi was found in the field. The identification of the isolates was based on β-tubulin and calmodulin gene sequences. A. flavus was found to be the dominant species, and this was followed by A...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Qinglong Wu, Nagendra P Shah
Lactobacillus brevis is an efficient cell factory for producing bioactive γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) by its gad operon-encoded glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) system. However, little mechanistic insights have been reported on the effects of carbohydrate, oxygen and early acidification on GABA production machinery in Lb. brevis. In the present study, GABA production from Lb. brevis was enhanced by accessible carbohydrates. Fast growth of this organism was stimulated by maltose and xylose. However, its GABA production was highly suppressed by oxygen exposure, but was fully restored by anaerobiosis that up-regulated the expression of gad operon in Lb...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
I Codina-Torrella, B Guamis, A Zamora, J M Quevedo, A J Trujillo
Tiger nuts' milk beverages are highly perishable products. For this reason, the interest of food industry for their commercialization makes necessary the application of preservation treatments to prolong their shelf-life. In the current study, the effect of ultra-high pressure homogenization (UHPH) on the microbiological and sensory qualities of tiger nuts' milk beverage was evaluated. Characteristics of UHPH-treated products (at 200 and 300 MPa, with inlet temperature of 40 °C) were compared with those of raw (RP) and conventionally homogenized-pasteurized (H-P) beverages, after treatment and during cold storage at 4 °C...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
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