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Efficacy of Pseudomonas graminis CPA-7 against Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut pear and setting up of the conditions for its commercial application

Iglesias, M.B., Abadias, M., Anguera, M., Viñas, I.
Food microbiology 2018 v.70 pp. 103-112
Listeria monocytogenes, Pseudomonas graminis, Salmonella, antioxidants, apples, ascorbic acid, calcium chloride, food pathogens, fresh-cut produce, melons, modified atmosphere packaging, peaches, pears, permeability, product quality, sodium citrate
Pseudomonas graminis CPA-7 has been reported to control foodborne pathogens on fresh-cut apple, peach and melon. The first aim of this study was to assess its antagonistic activity against Salmonella spp. and L. monocytogenes on fresh-cut pear. CPA-7 was able to control both pathogens on fresh-cut pear stored in air conditions at 5, 10 and 20 °C. However, when CPA-7 antagonistic effect was tested by simulating commercial application (with antioxidant solution and passive modified atmosphere packaging), its effect decreased and no reductions of foodborne pathogens were reported at 10 °C. Therefore, the second aim was to optimise the antioxidant solution and the packaging in order to retain its antagonistic capacity. The selected antioxidant solution was 2% ascorbic acid +2% sodium citrate +1% CaCl2 according to growth and effect of CPA-7. Film permeability, which affects gas composition inside fruit packages, influenced CPA-7 efficacy. If the biopreservative strain is used, film has to be sufficiently gas permeable to allow CPA-7 function and at the same time to maintain product quality.