Survival and growth of Yersinia enterocolitica strains inoculated in skimmed milk treated with high hydrostatic pressure

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Abstract

Four human pathogenic strains of Yersinia enterocolitica (serotypes O:1, O:3, O:8, and O:9) were inoculated (7-8 log CFU/ml) in UHT skimmed milk and treated at 300, 400, and 500 MPa for 10 min at 20°C, and then kept at 8°C to assess their evolution for 15 days. Treatments at 400 and 500 MPa caused the highest lethality, generally reaching counts below detection level (1 CFU/ml) in the culture media. At 300 MPa, the most baroresistant serotypes were O:3 and O:8. After 15 days of storage at 8°C, Y. enterocolitica showed growth over 8 log (CFU/ml) in all treatments. Kinetic study of microbial inactivation in skimmed milk was performed with serotype O:8 at 300 MPa, showing a tailing after 35 min of pressure treatment. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-342
JournalInternational Journal of Food Microbiology
Volume102
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2005

Keywords

  • Sublethally injured cells
  • Yersinia enterocolitica, skimmed milk, high hydrostatic pressure

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