The effect of different microwave power levels (240, 400, 560, and 800 W) on the survival of Listeria monocytogenes in inoculated shrimp was investigated. Thermal inactivation rates (D-values) of L. monocytogenes were determined using constant temperature water baths to
establish the heat resistance of L. monocytogenes in shrimp. Shrimp were inoculated with approximately 5 × 105 CFU/g of a five-strain mixture of L. monocytogenes. One hundred grams of shrimp were cooked in the microwave oven at different power levels using cooking
times predicted by a mathematical model as well as 20% longer times than those obtained from the model. No viable L. monocytogenes were detected in uninoculated shrimp after microwave cooking, but at least one replication of inoculated shrimp tested positive for the presence of Listeria.
No viable L. monocytogenes were detected in shrimp cooked at 120% of predicted times.
Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia, Griffin, Georgia 30223-1797 USA
Publication date: July 1, 1995
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