Viability of multi-strain mixtures of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella typhimurium, or Escherichia coli O157:H7 inoculated into the batter or onto the surface of a soudjouk-style fermented semi-dry sausage

A C S Porto-Fett, C-A Hwang, J E Call, V K Juneja, S C Ingham, B H Ingham, J B Luchansky
Food Microbiology 2008, 25 (6): 793-801
The fate of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella typhimurium, or Escherichia coli O157:H7 were separately monitored both in and on soudjouk. Fermentation and drying alone reduced numbers of L. monocytogenes by 0.07 and 0.74 log(10)CFU/g for sausages fermented to pH 5.3 and 4.8, respectively, whereas numbers of S. typhimurium and E. coli O157:H7 were reduced by 1.52 and 3.51 log(10)CFU/g and 0.03 and 1.11 log(10)CFU/g, respectively. When sausages fermented to pH 5.3 or 4.8 were stored at 4, 10, or 21 degrees C, numbers of L. monocytogenes, S. typhimurium, and E. coli O157:H7 decreased by an additional 0.08-1.80, 0.88-3.74, and 0.68-3.17 log(10)CFU/g, respectively, within 30 days. Storage for 90 days of commercially manufactured soudjouk that was sliced and then surface inoculated with L. monocytogenes, S. typhimurium, and E. coli O157:H7 generated average D-values of ca. 10.1, 7.6, and 5.9 days at 4 degrees C; 6.4, 4.3, and 2.9 days at 10 degrees C; 1.4, 0.9, and 1.6 days at 21 degrees C; and 0.9, 1.4, and 0.25 days at 30 degrees C. Overall, fermentation to pH 4.8 and storage at 21 degrees C was the most effective treatment for reducing numbers of L. monocytogenes (2.54 log(10)CFU/g reduction), S. typhimurium (> or =5.23 log(10)CFU/g reduction), and E. coli O157:H7 (3.48 log(10)CFU/g reduction). In summary, soudjouk-style sausage does not provide a favorable environment for outgrowth/survival of these three pathogens.

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