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Meat Science
Vol. 110
, 2015, Pages: 262–269

Control of Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes in suckling-lamb meat evaluated using microbial challenge tests

S.M. Osés, A.M. Diez, E.M. Gómez, D. Wilches-Pérez, P.A. Luning, I. Jaime, J. Rovira

Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, University of Burgos, Pza. Misael Bañuelos s/n, 09001 Burgos, Spain.


Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes microbial challenge tests were performed on fresh suckling-lamb meat. Hind leg slices were chilly stored under two modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) environments (A: 15%O2/60%CO2/25%N2, B: 15%O2/30%CO2/55%N2) and vacuum packaging (V). Only E. coli was reduced between 0.72–1.25 log cfu/g from day 1 to day 4 by the combined use of MAP/V, chilling storage and the growth of native lactic acid bacteria. However, L. monocytogenes was not inhibited by the application of V or MAP. Even do, in inoculated samples, this pathogen increased between 1.2–2.7 log cfu/g throughout the study. Consequently, a second experiment that combined the effects of MAP/V and a protective culture (Leuconostoc pseudomesenteroides PCK 18) against L. monocytogenes was designed. Two different levels of protective cultures were assayed (4 and 6 log cfu/g). Lc. pseudomesenteroides PCK 18 was able to control the growth of L. monocytogenes when the differences between them are higher than 2 log cfu/g. Moreover, when high level of protective culture was used a significant reduction of L. monocytogenes counts were noticed in samples packaged in 60% of CO2 along the storage period, although sensory properties were also affected.

Keywords: Suckling-lamb; Lechazo de Castilla y León; Microbial challenge test; MAP; Protective cultures; Escherichia coli; Listeria monocytogenes.

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