Stability of Listeria monocytogenes in non-fat dry milk powder during isothermal treatment and storage.

The objectives of this study were to examine the stability of L. monocytogenes in non-fat dry milk (NFDM) during extended storage and further analyze thermal resistance of L. monocytogenes in NFDM under different water activities (aw) and its thermal stability after 1-year storage. We observed approximately 1.75 and 2.93 log CFU/g reduction of L. monocytogenes in aw 0.25 NFDM over 1-year storage at 4 and 22 °C, respectively. Thermal resistance of L. monocytogenes was inversely related to aw, and the inactivation kinetic curves of L. monocytogenes in NFDM at target aw showed a log-linear trend under all tested conditions. For aw 0.25, 0.30, and 0.45 NFDM, the ranges of D-values, were 66.2-21.3, 33.5-9.4, and 14.6-4.3 min at 70, 75 and 80 °C, respectively. The z-values for L. monocytogenes in NFDM at aw 0.25-0.45 were 14.6-16.0 C°. Furthermore, the thermal stability of L. monocytogenes in aw 0.25 NFDM post 6-month or 12-month storage under refrigerated or ambient temperature did not deviate much from that in NFDM prior to the storage. Data indicated that a 60-min heat treatment at 80 °C resulted in ~ 5-log reduction of L. monocytogenes in NFDM of aw 0.30. This provides a promising intervention strategy to enhance bactericidal efficacy of thermal treatment while maintaining the quality of milk powder. PMID: 31948617 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Food Microbiology - Category: Food Science Authors: Tags: Food Microbiol Source Type: research

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