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Listeria monocytogenes growth potential in Ricotta salata cheese

Spanu, Carlo and Scarano, Christian and Spanu, Vincenzo and Penna, Cecilia and Virdis, S. and De Santis, Enrico Pietro Luigi (2012) Listeria monocytogenesgrowth potential in Ricotta salata cheese. International Dairy Journal, Vol. 24 (2), p. 120-122. ISSN 0958-6946. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2011.09.006

Abstract

Growthpotential of Listeria monocytogenes was assessed in Ricotta salata, a traditional sheep’s whey cheese. 36 Ricotta salata wheels were inoculated with a mixture of three L. monocytogenes strains obtaining an inoculum level of approximately 102 cfu g−1. Samples were analyzed for the detection and enumeration of L. monocytogenes after 6 h, and after 2, 4 and 6 months. Growth potential (log10 cfu g−1) was 4.87, 6.90 and 6.20 at 2, 4 and 6 months, respectively. The greater relative rate of increase in L. monocytogenes levels was obtained in the first 2 months after inoculation. Ricotta salata supports the growth of L. monocytogenes to levels that may represent a serious risk to public health even during storage at refrigeration temperatures. Further research is needed to assess the effectiveness of post-lethality treatments to reduce the initial level of contamination or of competitive microflora to limit the extent of pathogen growth.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:7517
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Growth potential, cheese, Listeria monocytogenes
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > VET/04 Ispezione degli alimenti di origine animale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Medicina Veterinaria
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0958-6946
Deposited On:08 May 2012 17:14

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