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Effect of the lactoperoxidase system on Listeria monocytogenes behavior in raw milk at refrigeration temperatures

Effect of the lactoperoxidase system on Listeria monocytogenes behavior in raw milk at refrigeration temperatures

Applied and Environmental Microbiology 57(11): 3355-3360

ISSN/ISBN: 0099-2240

PMID: 1781693

Activity of raw milk lactoperoxidase-thiocyanate-hydrogen peroxide (LP) system on four Listeria monocytogenes strains at refrigeration temperatures after addition of 0.25 mM sodium thiocyanate and 0.25 mM hydrogen peroxide was studied. The LP system exhibited a bactericidal activity against L. monocytogenes at 4 and 8 degrees C; the activity was dependent on temperature, length of incubation, and strain of L. monocytogenes tested. D values in activated-LP system milk for the four strains tested ranged from 4.1 to 11.2 days at 4 degrees C and from 4.4 to 9.7 days at 8 degrees C. The lactoperoxidase level in raw milk declined during a 7-day incubation, the decrease being more pronounced at 8 degrees C than at 4 degrees C and in control milk than in activated-LP system milk. The thiocyanate concentration decreased considerably in activated-LP system milk at both temperatures during the first 8 h of incubation. LP system activation was shown to be a feasible procedure for controlling development of L. monocytogenes in raw milk at refrigeration temperatures.

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