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Elimination of Listeria inoculated in ready-to-eat carrots by combination of antimicrobial coating and y-irradiation

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A combined treatment of an edible coating composed of trans-cinnamaldehyde (TCN; 0.5% p/p) with γ-irradiation was investigated against Listeria inoculated in peeled mini-carrots. First, the D10 value (γ-irradiation dose required to eliminate 90% of the bacterial population) of TCN was evaluated under air. This treatment resulted in a 3.66-fold increase in relative bacterial radiosensitivity (RBR) as compared to the control without antimicrobial coating. Secondly, the shelf life of mini-carrots during 21 day of storage at 4 °C was studied. Antimicrobial coating containing TCN was assayed in combination with two irradiation doses (0.25 and 0.5 kGy). Results suggested that the inactive coating did not have any antimicrobial effect against Listeria while the coating containing TCN resulted in a 1.29 log reduction in carrots packed under air after 21 days of storage. Hence, these observations indicated that the combination of irradiation with antimicrobial coating played an important role in enhancing the radiosensitization of Listeria to γ-irradiation.
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pasteur-00819363 , version 1 (30-04-2013)

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Turgis Mélanie, Mathieu Millette, Stephane Salmieri, Monique Lacroix. Elimination of Listeria inoculated in ready-to-eat carrots by combination of antimicrobial coating and y-irradiation. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 2012, 81 (8), pp.1170-1172. ⟨10.1016/j.radphyschem.2011.11.023⟩. ⟨pasteur-00819363⟩

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