Evaluation of storage conditions and efficiency of a novel microencapsulated Salmonella phage cocktail for controlling S. enteritidis and S. typhimurium in-vitro and in fresh foods.

In this study, microencapsulation is applied for enhancing the stability and efficacy of phages as bio-control agent. Microencapsulated phage cocktail kept in aluminium laminated foil bag (LF) at 4 °C showed the highest survivability with a titer loss of 0.5 log PFU/g after 12 weeks of storage. Titer loss of phage cocktail lysate>4 log PFU/mL was observed after 12 weeks, at 4 °C. Color change of microencapsulated phage cocktail kept in LF at 4 °C did not show any significant difference during storage, and water activity (free water content) at 0.13 was found in these conditions. In-vitro study, S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium were decreased 1.79 and 3.63 log CFU/mL, respectively at 37 °C. Whereas, 0.43 and 0.76 log CFU/mL, respectively were observed at 10 °C. In foods, S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium were decreased 0.57 and 1.78 log CFU/cm2, respectively in meat. Whereas, 0.86 and 1.2 log CFU/g, respectively were observed in sprout. Foods with/without microencapsulated phage cocktail showed non-significant differences in liking scores after 2 days of storage. Overall, microencapsulated phage cocktail suggests another alternative for phage-based biocontrol with improved stability and efficacy for food application. PMID: 31202408 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Food Microbiology - Category: Food Science Authors: Tags: Food Microbiol Source Type: research

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