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Rapid detection of microbial contamination in frozen vegetables by automated impedance measurements.

By D Hardy, S J Kraeger, S W Dufour and P Cady

Abstract

Automated impedance measurements can be used to rapidly assess whether a sample of frozen vegetables contains greater or less than 10(5) organisms per g. Microorganisms growing pureed food samples cause a change in the impedance of the medium when the organisms reach a threshold concentration of between 10(6) and 10(7) organisms per ml. Estimates of the concentration of microorganisms initially present in the food sample can be made by recording the time required for the organisms in the sample to replicate to threshold levels. In this study, the detection times for 357 samples of frozen vegetables were compared with standard plate counts for each sample. The agreement between the two methods in distinguishing samples containing more than 10(5) organisms per g was 92.6% for 257 assorted frozen vegetables and somewhat higher (93 to 96%) when separate cutoff times were used for each type of vegetable. The time required for analysis was about 5 h, compared to the 48 to 72 h required for standard plate counts

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1977
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:242580
Provided by: PubMed Central
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