Modelling the growth of Clostridium perfringens during the cooling of bulk meat

Le Marc, Y, Plowman, J, Aldus, C F ORCID:, Munoz-Cuevas, M, Baranyi, J and Peck, M W (2008) Modelling the growth of Clostridium perfringens during the cooling of bulk meat. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 128 (1). pp. 41-50. ISSN 0168-1605

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A dynamic predictive model was developed to describe the effects of temperature, pH and NaCl concentration on the growth of Clostridium perfringens type A. The model for the specific growth rate was based on 81 growth curves generated in our laboratory or obtained from the publicly available ComBase database. Growth curves obtained during cooling were fitted with the dynamic model of Baranyi and Roberts. This made it possible to determine the parameter value reflecting the physiological state of C. perfringens after heating profiles typically applied to bulk meat. The model with the obtained parameters provided a good description of growth of C. perfringens in 24 heating/cooling curves generated specifically for this work (various non-isothermal treatments with a range of combinations of pH and NaCl concentration), and also for existing literature data. The dynamic model was implemented in Perfringens Predictor, a web-based application that can be accessed free of charge via It is anticipated that the use of this model and Perfringens Predictor will contribute to a reduction in the food poisoning incidence associated with C. perfringens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: clostridium perfringens,consumer product safety,food contamination,food handling,hydrogen-ion concentration,kinetics,meat,models, biological,predictive value of tests,sodium chloride,spores, bacterial,temperature
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 23:55
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2008.07.015

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