Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris is a spore-forming bacterium that can survive thermal pasteurization and acidic conditions. It produces changes in the odour and flavour of fruit juices leading to economical loses. A. acidoterrestris CECT 7094 spores were inoculated in clarified and cloudy apple juices (Golden delicious var.) in the range of 5–6 log10 spores/mL and submitted to different short-wave ultraviolet light (UV-C) doses (7.2–28.7 J/mL) and ultra-high pressure homogenisation (UHPH) treatments (100–300 MPa), including their combination. A. acidoterrestris could be inactivated in clarified apple juice at a level of 4.8 log10 CFU/mL by a 300 MPa-UHPH treatment when the inlet temperature was 80 °C. UV-C treatments showed to be more efficient achieving a lethality of 5.5 log10 CFU/mL with a dose of 21.5 J/mL at 20 °C. In cloudy apple juice (2357 NTU) UV-C treatments were less efficient with a maximum lethality of 4.07 CFU/mL after a dose of 28.7 J/mL. A previous application of UHPH contributed with UV-C to obtain higher reductions of A. acidoterrestris spores at the doses of 14.3 and 21.5 J/mL compared with UV-C single treatments. On the other hand, this previous treatment also changed the properties of particles in the matrix which apparently reduced the effectiveness of UV-C at 28.7 J/mL.
- Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris
- Apple juice