Survivability of Salmonella cells in popcorn after microwave oven and conventional cooking

I. Anaya, A. Aguirrezabal, M. Ventura, L. Comellas, M. Agut

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The survivability of Salmonella cells in popcorn preparation was determined for two distinct cooking methods. The first method used a standard microwave oven. The second method used conventional cooking in a pan. Prior to thermal processing in independent experiments, 12 suspensions in a range between 1×103 and 8×106 colony-forming units (CFU) per gram of Salmonella cells were inoculated in both raw microwave popcorn and conventional corn kernels. The influence of the initial concentration of Salmonella cells in the raw products and the lethal effects on Salmonella by thermal treatments for cooking were studied. Survival of Salmonella cells was determined in the thermally processed material by pre-enrichment and enrichment in selective medium, in accordance with the legislation for expanded cereals and cereals in flakes. Viable experimental contaminants were recovered from the conventionally cooked popcorn with initial inoculation concentrations of 9×104 cells/g or greater. Salmonella cell viability was significantly reduced after microwave oven treatment, with recoveries only from initial concentrations of 2×106 cells/g or superior.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)73-79
Nombre de pàgines7
RevistaMicrobiological Research
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 15 de maig 2008


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