Population Dynamics of the Constitutive Biota of French Dry Sausages in a Pilot-Scale Ripening Chamber
Abstract:The population dynamic of constitutive biota on 84 samples belonging to two different types of French fermented dry sausages during the ripening process in a pilot-scale ripening chamber was investigated. Samples were analyzed in three steps of their production: fresh product, first drying stage, and finished product. In addition, 180 strains of lactic acid bacteria were identified using a miniaturized biochemical procedure of characterization. In general, the number of lactic acid bacteria that evolved during the ripening process of French dry sausages increased during the first days of the process after which the number of these organisms remained constant at approximately 8 log CFU/g. Lactobacillus sakei and Pediococcus pentosaceus, bacteria added as starter, were the dominant species. Pediococcus urinaeequi, Pediococcus acidilactici, and particularly Lactobacillus curvatus were also present. Finally, we have to take into account that the controlled conditions of the pilot plant generally contribute to the homogenization of the behavior of the starter biota.
Document Type: Short Communication
Affiliations: 1: Food Science and Technology Department, University of Córdoba, Campus of Rabanales, E-14071 Córdoba, Spain 2: Animal Production and Food Science Department, Cardenal Herrera-CEU University, E-46113 Moncada (Valencia), Spain
Publication date: October 1, 2004
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