International Journal of Food Microbiology

The Research Publications track research that is published across national and international peer-reviewed journals. The most recent articles are available ahead of print and searchable by Journal Title, Subject, USDA Grant Funding Agencies or FDA Grant Funding Agencies. The research publications are tracked across five subject areas: Bacterial Pathogens, Chemical Contaminants, Natural Toxins, Parasites, and Viruses.

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): E. Tirloni, M. Nauta, M. Vasconi, V. Di Pietro, C. Bernardi, S. Stella The present study investigated the presence, growth potential, and public health risk posed by Listeria monocytogenes in a ready-to-eat “shrimp cocktail”. The pathogen was detected in 4 out of the 104 samples, and there were no counts above the enumeration limit (1 Log colony-forming unit (CFU)/g); the product was a...
Mon, 08/10/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Jennifer C. Acuff, Jian Wu, Claire Marik, Kim Waterman, Daniel Gallagher, Haibo Huang, Robert C. Williams, Monica A. Ponder Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), and Listeria monocytogenes have been isolated from low water activity foods (LWAF), where they may survive for extended periods. The ready-to-eat nature of many LWAF, such as dried fruits and nuts,...
Fri, 08/07/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Jingfeng Zhang, Li Wang, Lei Shi, Xun Chen, Chuxin Chen, Zicheng Hong, Yong Cao, Lichao Zhao In a viable but nonculturable (VBNC) state, bacteria are no longer culturable on standard laboratory media, but still, remain a pathogenic potential and present possible health risks. In this study, we investigated ampicillin's ability, which is commonly used in dairy cattle disease treatment,...
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 06:07
Author(s): Bina Gautam, Byju N. Govindan, Michael Gӓnzle, M.S. Roopesh Low-moisture foods (LMF with water activity, aw < 0.85) including pet foods and black pepper powder have consistently been associated with foodborne disease caused by Salmonella enterica. Increased heat resistance and prolonged survival at low-moisture conditions, however, remain major challenges to achieve effective...
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 06:07
Author(s): Josué Jara, Adrián Pérez-Ramos, Gloria del Solar, Juan M. Rodríguez, Leónides Fernández, Belén Orgaz Listeria monocytogenes can form long-lasting biofilms on food-contact surfaces. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have shown promise in antagonizing this microorganism in liquid media. However, the ecological relationships differ when cells are forming biofilms. In this work, we propose the...
Sun, 08/02/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): M. Masiello, S. Somma, M. Haidukowski, A.F. Logrieco, A. Moretti Aspergillus flavus is a common and ubiquitous fungal species able to colonize several agricultural commodities, in both pre- and post-harvest conditions. This species represents a very harmful plant pathogen for its ability to synthesize aflatoxin B1, responsible for human primary hepatocellular carcinoma and classified...
Wed, 07/29/2020 - 06:07
Author(s): Antonio J. De Jesus, Ishani Sheth, Hee Jin Kwon, Zhujun Gao, Jessica Palmer, Minji Hur, Thomas S. Hammack, Dumitru Macarisin, Yi Chen In the summer of 2014, a multistate outbreak of listeriosis associated with contaminated stone fruit (peach and nectarine) was reported. A serotype 4b variant Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) strain of singleton Sequence Type (ST) 382 was isolated from...
Fri, 07/24/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Ruixi Chen, Jordan Skeens, Renato H. Orsi, Martin Wiedmann, Veronica Guariglia-Oropeza Listeria monocytogenes is a human pathogen that is commonly found in environments associated with cold-smoked salmon. Nisin is a natural antimicrobial that can be used as a food preservative. While nisin is active against a number of Gram-positive bacteria, including L. monocytogenes, environmental...
Fri, 07/17/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Mahdiyeh Hasani, Fan Wu, Kayla Hu, Jeffery Farber, Keith Warriner Two decontamination methods were evaluated for inactivating a cocktail of Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes inoculated onto model low moisture foods (LMFs; dried strawberry, dried apple, raisins, chocolate crumb, cornflakes, shell-on or deshelled pistachio nuts). One treatment was based on a peracetic acid-ethanol (...
Fri, 07/17/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Ingeborg L.A. Boxman, Claudia C.C. Jansen, Ans J.T. Zwartkruis-Nahuis, Geke Hägele, Nils P. Sosef, René A.M. Dirks The aim of the present study was to assess raw pork sausages collected on the Dutch market for the presence of hepatitis E virus (HEV) RNA. 46 of 316 (14.6%) products sampled from Dutch retail stores in 2017–2019 were positive for HEV RNA. HEV RNA was detected in 10.8% of...
Wed, 07/15/2020 - 06:07
Author(s): Ziheng Xu, Min Wang, Chenyu Zhou, Guimin Gu, Jingzhen Liang, Xuejiao Hou, Mingliu Wang, Ping Wei Salmonella, one of the most important foodborne pathogens, can be the cause of bacterial food-borne illness and is commonly associated with the consumption of retail meat. Multidrug-resistant Salmonella isolates with high adaptability, have been responsible for many foodborne disease...
Sat, 07/11/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Danlei Liu, Zilei Zhang, Shenwei Li, Qingping Wu, Peng Tian, Zilong Zhang, Dapeng Wang Human noroviruses (HuNoVs) are the primary non-bacterial pathogens causing acute gastroenteritis worldwide. Here we reported a co-infection of HuNoVs with different genotypes during an outbreak of gastroenteritis in travelers. The aim was to trace the source and transmission patterns of the...
Sat, 07/11/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Ashrafur Rahman, Ali Asgary, Daniel Munther, Aamir Fazil, Ben A. Smith, Jianhong Wu We developed an agent-based gastric simulator for a human host to illustrate the within host survival mechanisms of Listeria monocytogenes. The simulator incorporates the gastric physiology and digestion processes that are critical for pathogen survival in the stomach. Mathematical formulations for the...
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Kevin Hunt, Bill Doré, Sinead Keaveney, Agnieszka Rupnik, Francis Butler Norovirus in oysters is a significant food safety risk. A recent ISO detection method allows for reliable and repeatable estimates of norovirus concentrations in pooled samples, but there is insufficient data to estimate a distribution of copies per animal from this. The spread of norovirus accumulated across...
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Danieli C. Schabo, Ligia M. Martins, Beatriz T. Iamanaka, Janeeyre F. Maciel, Marta H. Taniwaki, Donald W. Schaffner, Marciane Magnani This study aimed to model the aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) production by A. flavus in wheat grains during malting for craft beer. A total of sixty-four different combinations of grains steeping degree (ST; 41, 43, 45 and 47%), temperature (13, 15, 17 and 19 °C)...
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Ihab Habib, John Coles, Mark Fallows, Stan Goodchild Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA) is a methodology used to organize and analyze scientific information to both estimate the probability and severity of an adverse event as well as prioritize efforts to reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens. No QMRA efforts have been applied to Campylobacter in the Australian...
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Akshay Kumar, Prem Pratap Singh, Vishal Gupta, Bhanu Prakash The aim of the study was to explore the antifungal and aflatoxin B1 inhibitory efficacy of nanoencapsulated antifungal formulation. Mixture design response surface methodology (RSM) was utilized to design the antifungal formulation (SBC 4:1:1) based on the combination of chemically characterized Ocimum sanctum (S), O....
Sat, 06/27/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Nicoletta Scaramuzza, Paola Mutti, Massimo Cigarini, Elettra Bern Industrial sterilization of packaging and filling machineries by peracetic acid (PAA) is a widespread practice. In our study we assessed the resistance to PAA of three ascospore-forming molds (Chaetomium globosum ATCC 6205; Talaromyces bacillisporus SSICA 10915; Aspergillus hiratsukae SSICA 3913) compared to that of...
Mon, 06/22/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Kapudeep Karmakar, Sindhu Krishna, Sabyasachi Majumdar, Utpal Nath, Karaba N. Nataraj, N.B. Prakash, Dipshikha Chakravortty Soil-borne Salmonella is associated with a large number of food-related disease outbreaks linked to pre-harvest contamination of plants (like tomato) in agricultural fields. Controlling the spread of Salmonella at field is very important in order to prevent...
Wed, 06/10/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Dafne Díaz-Jiménez, Isidro García-Meniño, Javier Fernández, Vanesa García, Azucena Mora For the first time, this study evaluates consumer exposure via poultry meat to Enterobacteriaceae with capacity to develop severe extraintestinal infections by either bacterial virulence and/or antibiotic resistance traits. The characterization of 256 isolates and the assessment of five parameters,...
Wed, 06/10/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Luca Grispoldi, Musafiri Karama, Chrystalleni Hadjicharalambous, Fabrizio de Stefani, Giulia Ventura, Margherita Ceccarelli, Marco Revoltella, Paola Sechi, Carlo Crotti, Antonio D'Innocenzo, Gerardo Couto Contreras, Beniamino Cenci-Goga Ground beef contamination with Escherichia coli is usually a result of carcass faecal contamination during the slaughter process. Carcasses are...
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 03:34
Author(s): Alejandro Molina-Chavarria, Leticia Félix-Valenzuela, Erika Silva-Campa, Verónica Mata-Haro Norovirus (NoV) is the leading cause of epidemic and sporadic gastroenteritis worldwide; a high number of those cases are attributed to the consumption of contaminated food. Crop producers have used several strategies to inactivate the virus present in these products and thus stop the NoV...
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 03:34
Author(s): Jingjing He, Fan Sun, Dewei Sun, Zhenyu Wang, Shanshan Jin, Zhiming Pan, Zhengzhong Xu, Xiang Chen, Xinan Jiao Salmonella 4,[5],12:i:- is a monophasic variant of Salmonella Typhimurium, which is responsible for global foodborne disease outbreaks. Here, 255 S. 4,[5],12:i:- strains isolated from humans (11.0%) or food-borne animals (89.0%) between 2010 and 2018 were examined. Tests of...
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 03:32
Author(s): Jinqiang Hu, Yi Wang, Huimin Ding, Chunpeng Jiang, Yao Geng, Xincheng Sun, Jianzhou Jing, Hui Gao, Zhangcun Wang, Caiwen Dong Currently, rapid, sensitive, and convenient visual detection methods for Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) are scarce. In this study, a novel detection method based on recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) and polymer flocculation sedimentation (PFS) was...
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 03:32
Author(s): Gabriella Centorotola, Romolo Salini, Anna Franca Sperandii, Diana Neri, Patrizia Tucci, Gino Angelo Santarelli, Violeta Di Marzio, Romina Romantini, Luca Candeloro, Annamaria Conte, Giacomo Migliorati, Francesco Pomilio, Luigi Iannetti Pecorino di Farindola is a typical cheese produced in the area surrounding the village of Farindola, located in the Abruzzo Region (central Italy),...
Thu, 05/21/2020 - 03:33
Author(s): Said Kamal Abolghait, Abdelazeem Mohamed Algammal, Aml Gamal Fathi, Fatma Mohamed Youssef Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections and staphylococcal food poisoning (SFP). This study was conducted to investigate the prevalence and enterotoxigenicity of MRSA in broiler chicken meat and giblets. A total of 5.5% (8/144) of...
Thu, 05/21/2020 - 03:33
Author(s): Aline Morgan von Hertwig, Beatriz Thie Iamanaka, Dionísio Pedro Amorim Neto, Josiane Bueno de Rezende, Ligia Manoel Martins, Marta Hiromi Taniwaki, Maristela Silva Nascimento Although Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus are the main microorganisms of concern in peanuts, due to aflatoxin contamination, several Salmonella outbreaks from this product have been reported over the...
Wed, 05/20/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): Jun-Won Kang, Woo-Ju Kim, Dong-Hyun Kang Simultaneous treatment with 222-nm KrCl excilamp and mild heating (EX-MH) at 45, 50 and 55 °C showed synergistic bactericidal effects on non-acid and acid adapted cells of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Typhimurium in apple juice. In particular, acid-adapted pathogens exhibited increased resistance to EX-MH compared to pathogenic...
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 03:31
Author(s): Martin Laage Kragh, Francis Muchaamba, Taurai Tasara, Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen whose biofilm formation and desiccation tolerance may contribute to its survival in the food industry. L. monocytogenes possesses three cold-shock domain family proteins (CspA, CspB and CspD) known to be essential for adaptation against various food-relevant...
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Tae Jin Cho, Hye Won Kim, Changhoon Yoo, Sung Woo Kim, Min Suk Rhee Microfluidic labchips have achieved much advancement in the molecular diagnosis of foodborne pathogens. Whereas difficulties in the flow control during the transportation of liquid fluids can occur and should be overcome. Manipulations of reaction temperature and the complex procedures from sample pre-treatment to...
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Akram R. Alaboudi, Ismail M. Malkawi, Tareq M. Osaili, Ehab A. Abu-Basha, Javier Guitian Campylobacter is the world's leading cause of bacterial gastroenteritis, causing nearly 9 million cases of food poisoning in Europe every year. Poultry is considered the main source of Campylobacter infection to humans. The objectives of the study were to determine occurrence of C. jejuni and C....
Tue, 05/05/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): María Pía Mom, Stella Maris Romero, Ada Gabriela Larumbe, Leopoldo Iannone, Ricardo Comerio, Camila Soledad Santana Smersu, Mariano Simón, Graciela Vaamonde Carob flour is obtained from pods of some species of Prosopis, leguminous trees that abound in many desert habitats worldwide. Currently, this product is available in healthy food stores in several countries, including Argentina,...
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 03:28
Author(s): Govindaraj Dev Kumar, Jitendra Patel, Sadhana Ravishankar The effects of using contaminated seed and water on the persistence and internalization of Salmonella Newport in organic spinach cultivars- Lazio, Space, Emilia and Waitiki were studied. Seeds were contaminated by either immersing in a suspension of Salmonella and then sprouted or were sprouted in Salmonella contaminated water...
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 03:27
Author(s): Ying Li, Xiaorong Yang, Huaning Zhang, Huayun Jia, Xiaoge Liu, Bo Yu, Yingchun Zeng, Yu Zhang, Xiaoyan Pei, Dajin Yang Salmonellosis is a challenge to public health globally, and many infections have been principally linked to the consumption of contaminated eggs. The objective of this study is to estimate the prevalence of Salmonella in commercial eggs and susceptibilities of isolates...
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Xinyi Pang, Lin Chen, Hyun-Gyun Yuk Biofilms formed on food contact surfaces are frequently exposed to disinfectants at different concentrations. This study was designed to evaluate how S. Enteritidis in single species and dual species biofilms with P. fluorescens respond to quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) residues on food contact surfaces. The 48 h-biofilms of S. Enteritidis and P...
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 03:28
Author(s): Chih-Hsien Lin, Jing-Fang Huang, Yu-Fen Sun, Peter J. Adams, Jiunn-Horng Lin, Ian D. Robertson Although a nation-wide microbiological screening program of chicken carcasses after chilling in Taiwanese chicken abattoirs has been undertaken since 2006, little is known regarding the potential sources of the Salmonella during the slaughter process. The present study provides data on the...
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 03:21
Author(s): Christine Faille, Thomas Brauge, Guylaine Leleu, Aurélie Hanin, Catherine Denis, Graziella Midelet The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of sampling methods [contact plates, sponges, and swabs] in the recovery of biofilm Listeria monocytogenes populations considering the seafood environment conditions (nature of conditioning, of materials and bacterial species).
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): Ruth H. Barnes, Kimon Andreas G. Karatzas Organic acids such as fumarate are commonly used as antimicrobials in foods. Apart from the classical mechanism of intracellular dissociation, weak acids are active through important additional mechanisms which are not well-defined. Fumarate, based on its low dissociation constants is expected to have a low antimicrobial activity which is not...
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): Oladipupo Odunayo Olatunde, Soottawat Benjakul, Kitiya Vongkamjan Effect of In-bag dielectric barrier discharge cold plasma (IB-DBD-CP) on the keeping quality of Asian sea bass slices (ASBS) packaged under different gases during refrigerated storage at 4 °C was studied. ASBS without and with IB-DBD-CP treatment packaged under the gas combination of argon and oxygen (10:90) (gas A) or...
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): H.W. Kim, M.S. Rhee This study aimed to develop a pasteurization method against Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium in orange juice using low concentrations of naturally derived antimicrobials, β-resorcylic acid and capric acid, under mild temperature conditions based on their synergistic bactericidal interactions. Response surface methodology was used to construct a model based on...
Sun, 03/22/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): C. Ripolles-Avila, M. Ramos-Rubio, A.S. Hascoët, M. Castillo, J.J. Rodríguez-Jerez One of the main objectives of the food industry is to guarantee food safety by providing innocuous food products. Therefore, this sector must consider all the possible biotic or abiotic contamination routes from the entry of raw materials to the release of the final product. Currently, one important...
Sun, 03/22/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): Jingwen Gao, Hyein Jang, Licheng Huang, Karl R. Matthews Fresh produce shall be thoroughly washed at the retail level prior to serving to the consumer with potable water. Foodborne pathogens if present on a product may transfer to the wash water and cross-contaminate other products immersed in the water. Typically, an entire carton of lettuce (24 heads) is washed together increasing...
Sun, 03/22/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): A.G. Ríos-Castillo, C. Ripolles-Avila, J.J. Rodríguez-Jerez The capacity of real-time PCR (RT-PCR), the VIDAS immunoassay system, and the conventional count method for detecting Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium and Listeria monocytogenes biofilm cells was evaluated in this study. After biofilm formation, tests were performed under different drying times (0, 6, 12, 24, and 72 h)...
Sat, 03/14/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): Beth Lippman, Shiyun Yao, Runze Huang, Haiqiang Chen The potential of using ultraviolet light (UV) in combination of peracetic acid (PAA) as an alternative to chlorine washing for lettuce was evaluated. Shredded iceberg lettuce was dip-inoculated with a four-strain Salmonella cocktail to final levels of 6–7.5 log CFU/g, following by air-drying and overnight cold storage. The inoculated...
Fri, 03/13/2020 - 03:20
Author(s): Sofia Strubbia, Julien Schaeffer, Alban Besnard, Candice Wacrenier, Cécile Le Mennec, Pascal Garry, Marion Desdouits, Françoise S. Le Guyader Human virus transmission through food consumption has been identified since many years and the international trade increases the risk of dissemination of viral pathogens. The development of metagenomic approach holds many promises for the...
Wed, 03/04/2020 - 03:36
Author(s): Feng Zhang, Longpo Geng, Jili Deng, Luhua Huang, Hong Zhong, Sijie Xin, Opemipo Esther Fasoyin, Shihua Wang Aflatoxin contamination in food and feed products has been brought into sharp focus over the last few decades in the world. However, there is no effective strategy for solving the problem thus far. Therefore, basic research on the aflatoxin-producer Aspergillus flavus is an...
Tue, 02/25/2020 - 03:23
Author(s): Seok Hyeon Na, Dong Chan Moon, Hee Young Kang, Hyun-Ju Song, Su-Jeong Kim, Ji-Hyun Choi, Jang Won Yoon, Soon-Seek Yoon, Suk-Kyung LimAbstractGlobal dissemination of non-typhoidal Salmonella producing extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) is a public-health concern. Recently, the prevalence of Salmonella spp. resistant to third-generation cephalosporins has been increasing in food-...
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:22
Author(s): G. Rasschaert, L. De Zutter, L. Herman, M. HeyndrickxAbstractCampylobacter is one of the most important causative agents of foodborne illnesses worldwide. The poultry reservoir is the main source of campylobacteriosis. Within the broiler production chain, campylobacters can only multiply in the chicken’s intestinal tract. Intervention at farm level to reduce Campylobacter is thus...
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:22
Author(s): Nan Jiang, Ruijing Su, Fuchun Jian, Chunlei Su, Longxian Zhang, Yibao Jiang, Yurong YangAbstractToxoplasmosis is one of the most common foodborne diseases in the world. The objective of this study was to determine Toxoplasma gondii infection in lambs from Henan province, China. A total of 166 lamb hearts were collected from 2017 to 2019. T. gondii infection was determined by the...
Sat, 02/15/2020 - 03:21
Author(s): Lucie Collineau, Brennan Chapman, Xu Bao, Branavan Sivapathasundaram, Carolee A. Carson, Aamir Fazil, Richard J. Reid-Smith, Ben A. SmithAbstractSalmonella Heidelberg resistant to ceftiofur (a third-generation cephalosporin antimicrobial agent) in broiler chicken products pose a risk to public health in Canada. The objective of this study was to assess the extent of that risk and to...

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