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Survival and Growth of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Cantaloupe and Watermelon

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Abstract:

The ability of Escherichia coli O157:H7 to survive and grow on cubes of cantaloupe and watermelon and on the external rind surface of these fruits was investigated. Populations of the pathogen increased on cubes stored at 25°C but remained constant at 5°C over a 34-h storage period. Growth was observed on the rind of melons stored under high relative humidity at 25°C for 14 to 22 days. The pathogen rapidly died on the rind surface of melons stored at 5°C.

Keywords: CANTALOUPE; ESCHERICHIA COLI O157:H7; WATERMELON

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Cenler for Food Safety and Qualily Enhancement and Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia, Griffin, Georgia 30223-1797

Publication date: January 1, 1995

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