The aim of this work was to determine the response to high hydrostatic pressure and the ability for survival, recovery, and growth of 2 strains of Salmonella enterica (Salmonella enteritidis and Salmonella typhimurium) inoculated in a washed-curd model cheese produced with and without starter culture. Inoculated samples were treated at 300 and 400 MPa for 10 min at room temperature and analyzed after treatment and after 1, 7, and 15 d of storage at 12°C to study the behavior of the Salmonella population. Cheese samples produced with starter culture and treated at 300 and 400 MPa showed maximum lethality; no significant differences in the baroresistant behavior of both strains were detected. Nevertheless, when starter culture was not present, the maximum lethality was only observed in cheese samples treated at 400 MPa, in the case of S. enteritidis. Ability to repair and grow was not observed in model cheese produced with starter culture and cell counts of treated samples decreased after 15 d of storage at 12°C. In cheese produced without starter culture, Salmonella cells showed the ability to repair and grow during the storage period, reaching counts over 3 log10 (cfu/mL) in both applied treatments and serotypes. These results suggest that high hydrostatic pressure treatments are effective to reduce Salmonella population in this type of cheese, but the presence of the starter culture affects the ability of this microorganism to repair and grow during the storage period. © American Dairy Science Association, 2007.
|Journal||Journal of Dairy Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2007|
- High hydrostatic pressure
- Starter culture