Shelf-life - using advanced microbial profiling

Project title: Understanding the safe shelf life of foods using advanced microbial profiling
Member Funded Research project number: 147085

Why are we undertaking this project?

Recent work using Advanced Microbial Profiling (AMP) has shown that our knowledge (based on culture methods) of the progression of microflora during shelf-life of certain products is incomplete. Improving our understanding of this will allow us to set microbiological limits for organisms of concern, potentially extending shelf-life.

What are we doing as part of this project?

Using AMP to re-evaluate microbial specifications for a range of chilled products and to analyse the effect that naturally occurring microflora has on the growth of pathogenic microflora.

Current status of the project

In the first phase, we have challenge tested smoked salmon with a suite of pathogens including Listeria monocytogenes and monitored growth in conjunction with population profiles of the spoilage flora. Listeria is shown to grow in the product through the use of conventional counts, and the profiling has revealed that this growth starts at the same time as the microbial population undergoes a change. Profiling has also indicated that the current microbiological specifications for this product are likely to miss potentially important spoilage flora. The next stage involves similar studies with Clostridium botulinum in red meat.

Understanding the safe shelf life of foods using advanced microbial profiling

Project Lead:
Annette Sansom

Jan 2019 - Dec 2021

Steering MIG: Microbiology

Project outputs

RSSs, R&Ds and guidelines

Project updates
  • Output to be listed shortly

Related categories to this project

Analysis and testing Microbiology Shelf life

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