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Growth and survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fresh tropical fruit juices at ambient and cold temperatures.
Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2005 Mar; 56(2):133-9.IJ

Abstract

The survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in acidic foods and its enhanced survival in refrigerated acid foods are well documented. This prompted the present study to evaluate the growth potential of E. coli O157:H7 in fresh tropical fruit juices. The pH of the various juices ranged between 3.57 (pineapple) and 6.2 (avocado). Samples were separately inoculated with a mixture of four E. coli O157:H7 strains at initial levels of approximately 10(3) cfu/ml, and stored at refrigeration (4 degrees C) and ambient (20-25 degrees C) temperatures for 120 h. In pineapple juice, some decline in count was noted during ambient temperature storage but complete inhibition was not observed. At refrigeration temperature, the test strains survived without a noticeable decline in number. The pH remained unchanged throughout the experiment at both incubation temperatures. In papaya and avocado juices, counts of the test strains increased at varying rates at both storage temperatures. A decrease in pH was also noted in the stored juice. This study demonstrated that E. coli O157:H7 can survive well in acidic pineapple juice at both incubation temperatures and could also grow luxuriously in fruit juices with relatively higher pH values (>5.7) when stored at ambient and refrigeration temperatures.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Biology, Howard University, Washington, DC, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16019323

Citation

Mutaku, Irene, et al. "Growth and Survival of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 in Fresh Tropical Fruit Juices at Ambient and Cold Temperatures." International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, vol. 56, no. 2, 2005, pp. 133-9.
Mutaku I, Erku W, Ashenafi M. Growth and survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fresh tropical fruit juices at ambient and cold temperatures. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2005;56(2):133-9.
Mutaku, I., Erku, W., & Ashenafi, M. (2005). Growth and survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fresh tropical fruit juices at ambient and cold temperatures. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 56(2), 133-9.
Mutaku I, Erku W, Ashenafi M. Growth and Survival of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 in Fresh Tropical Fruit Juices at Ambient and Cold Temperatures. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2005;56(2):133-9. PubMed PMID: 16019323.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Growth and survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fresh tropical fruit juices at ambient and cold temperatures. AU - Mutaku,Irene, AU - Erku,Woldaregay, AU - Ashenafi,Mogessie, PY - 2005/7/16/pubmed PY - 2005/9/24/medline PY - 2005/7/16/entrez SP - 133 EP - 9 JF - International journal of food sciences and nutrition JO - Int J Food Sci Nutr VL - 56 IS - 2 N2 - The survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in acidic foods and its enhanced survival in refrigerated acid foods are well documented. This prompted the present study to evaluate the growth potential of E. coli O157:H7 in fresh tropical fruit juices. The pH of the various juices ranged between 3.57 (pineapple) and 6.2 (avocado). Samples were separately inoculated with a mixture of four E. coli O157:H7 strains at initial levels of approximately 10(3) cfu/ml, and stored at refrigeration (4 degrees C) and ambient (20-25 degrees C) temperatures for 120 h. In pineapple juice, some decline in count was noted during ambient temperature storage but complete inhibition was not observed. At refrigeration temperature, the test strains survived without a noticeable decline in number. The pH remained unchanged throughout the experiment at both incubation temperatures. In papaya and avocado juices, counts of the test strains increased at varying rates at both storage temperatures. A decrease in pH was also noted in the stored juice. This study demonstrated that E. coli O157:H7 can survive well in acidic pineapple juice at both incubation temperatures and could also grow luxuriously in fruit juices with relatively higher pH values (>5.7) when stored at ambient and refrigeration temperatures. SN - 0963-7486 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16019323/Growth_and_survival_of_Escherichia_coli_O157:H7_in_fresh_tropical_fruit_juices_at_ambient_and_cold_temperatures_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -