International journal of food microbiology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

Current impact factor: 3.16

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 3.155
2012 Impact Factor 3.425
2011 Impact Factor 3.327
2010 Impact Factor 3.143
2009 Impact Factor 3.011
2008 Impact Factor 2.753
2007 Impact Factor 2.581
2006 Impact Factor 2.608
2005 Impact Factor 2.499
2004 Impact Factor 2.49
2003 Impact Factor 2.261
2002 Impact Factor 1.719
2001 Impact Factor 1.579
2000 Impact Factor 1.848
1999 Impact Factor 1.673
1998 Impact Factor 1.593
1997 Impact Factor 1.16
1996 Impact Factor 1.387
1995 Impact Factor 1.257
1994 Impact Factor 1.321
1993 Impact Factor 1.214
1992 Impact Factor 1.069

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 3.46
Cited half-life 6.70
Immediacy index 0.40
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 0.83
ISSN 1879-3460

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    ABSTRACT: Listeria monocytogenes expresses the surface protein internalin A (InlA), enabling the invasion of human intestinal epithelial cells to cause severe food-borne diseases. Full-length sequence analysis of inlA of 114 food isolates resulted in the detection of 29 isolates with a premature stop codon (PMSC) mutation and 6 isolates with 3-codon deletion mutations (aa 738 to 740) in inlA. The isolates with inlA PMSCs demonstrated a significantly lower level of invasion than the other food isolates in a Caco-2 cell invasion assay (P<0.01), but the isolates with the 3-codon deletion exhibited invasion comparable to the isolates with non-truncated InlA (P>0.05). According to analysis of the positive regulatory factor A (PrfA) sequences of 114 L. monocytogenes isolates, 7 isolates of serotype 1/2a from chicken samples contained a PrfA protein with a 5-nucleotide deletion from 712 to 716, including a stop codon. Although the isolates with a 5-nucleotide deletion in prfA demonstrated invasion comparable to the isolates with non-truncated InlA and PrfA after growth at 30°C (P>0.05), they exhibited a significantly higher level of invasion than the other isolates after growth at 20°C (P<0.01). To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of L. monocytogenes isolates with the stop-codon deletion of PrfA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 211. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.023
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    ABSTRACT: In a previous study, a quantitative microbial exposure assessment (QMEA) model applied to an aseptic-UHT food process was developed [Pujol, L., Albert, I., Magras, C., Johnson, N. B., Membré, J. M. Probabilistic exposure assessment model to estimate aseptic UHT product failure rate. 2015 International Journal of Food Microbiology. 192, 124–141]. It quantified Sterility Failure Rate (SFR) associated with Bacillus cereus and Geobacillus stearothermophilus per process module (nine modules in total from raw material reception to end-product storage). Previously, the probabilistic model inputs were set by experts (using knowledge and in-house data). However, only the variability dimension was taken into account.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 211. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.015
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to explore the ability of anaerobic solid fermentation of Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus to biotransform aflatoxins in peanut meal. The pH of the peanut meal was adjusted above 10, and then heated for 10min at 100°C, 115°C and 121°C. The S. thermophilus and L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus were precultured together in MRS broth for 48h at 37°C. The heated peanut meal was mixed with precultured MRS broth containing 7.0×10(8)CFU/mL of S. thermophilus and 3.0×10(3)CFU/mL of L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus with the ratio of 1 to 1 (weight to volume) and incubated in anaerobic jars at 37°C for 3days. The aflatoxin content in the peanut meal samples was determined by HPLC. The results showed that the peanut meal contained mainly aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) (10.5±0.64μg/kg) and aflatoxin G1 (AFG1) (18.7±0.55μg/kg). When heat treatment was combined with anaerobic solid fermentation, the biotransformation rate of aflatoxins in peanut meal could attain 100%. The cytotoxicity of fermented peanut meal to L929 mouse connective tissue fibroblast cells was determined by MTT assay and no significant toxicity was observed in the fermented peanut meal. Furthermore, heat treatment and anaerobic solid fermentation did not change the amino acid concentrations and profile in peanut meal. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 211. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.021
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    ABSTRACT: In the current study, the relationship of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli strains isolated at slaughter was investigated using comparative analysis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), virulence gene (VG) and PFGE profiling. A total of 254 Campylobacter isolates from poultry caeca and corresponding carcasses, including 139 C. jejuni and 115 C. coli strains were tested. The most prevalent resistance profiles observed in C. jejuni were ciprofloxacin, nalidixic acid and tetracycline (46 out of 139, 33.1% isolates) as well as ciprofloxacin, nalidixic acid, tetracycline and streptomycin among C. coli strains (34 out of 115, 29.6%). Multi-resistance was found more frequently among C. coli than C. jejuni (P < 0.05). The presence of 11 virulence genes exhibited 19 different VG profiles in Campylobacter isolates tested. All Campylobacter strains were classified into 154 different PFGE types. Among them, 56 profiles (28 C. jejuni and 28 C. coli) were common for at least two isolates including 9 clusters covering from 4 to 9 strains. Campylobacter composite types generated by a combination of 154 PFGE types, 10 AMR profiles and 19 VG patterns divided 178 distinct types with 95% similarity. The majority of the composite profiles (76 for C. jejuni and 58 for C. coli; 75.3% in total) included only one bacterial isolate. Furthermore, 11 pairs of C. jejuni and 12 pairs of C. coli from caeca and the corresponding carcasses isolated from the same places possessed the identical PFGE, AMR and VG patterns.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 210:24-32. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.006
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    ABSTRACT: The incorporation of whey protein concentrates (WPC) into cheese is a risky process due to the potential contamination with thermo-resistant phages of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Furthermore, whey proteins can protect phages during heat treatment, thereby increasing the above risk. The main objective of this work was to understand this protective effect in order to better control LAB phages and maximize whey recycling in the cheese industry. First, the inactivation of a previously characterized thermo-resistant lactococcal virulent phage (P1532) was investigated at 95°C in WPC, in individual whey components β-lactoglobulin, α-lactalbumin, and bovine serum albumin as well as under different heat and pH conditions. The structural changes of the tested proteins were also monitored by transmission FTIR spectroscopy. Phage inactivation results indicated that the protective effect of whey proteins was pH and time dependent at 95°C and was not restricted to one component. FTIR spectra suggest that the protection is related to protein molecular structures and to the level of protein aggregates, which was more pronounced in acidic conditions. Moreover, the molecular structure of the three proteins tested was differently influenced by pH and the duration of the heat treatment. This work confirms the protective effect of WPC on phages during heat treatment and offers the first hint to explain such phenomenon. Finding the appropriate treatment of WPC to reduce the phage risk is one of the keys to improving the cheese manufacturing process. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 210. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.011
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, a risk assessment of proteolytic Clostridium botulinum in canned foie gras was performed, the number of illnesses per year in France due to C. botulinum in foie gras was estimated. Data on initial level in raw materials were collected at manufacturers and analysed using a Negative Binomial distribution. The effect of the usual foie gras heat treatment (equivalent time at 121°C: F0=0.5min) was considered at two levels: first, it led to an inactivation (estimated to 2.3 log); second it led to a spore injury and then to a spore inhibition. This latter effect was assessed by analysing data from a challenge test study carried out with Clostridium sporogenes spores in the foie gras product. The probability of spore recovering after thermal inhibition was estimated to 9.5×10(-8) (corresponding to 7.0 log). The data on the consumption pattern were collected on the French market. The Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA) model and all the assumptions are reported in detail in the study. The initial contamination of raw materials, effect of thermal treatment on microbial inactivation and spore inhibition were handled mathematically using a probabilistic framework, considering only the variability dimension. The model was implemented in Excel and run through Monte Carlo simulation, using @Risk software. In parallel, epidemiological data collected from the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance during the period 2001-2012 were used to estimate an Appropriate Level Of Protection (ALOP) and then a Food Safety Objective (FSO): ALOP equalled to 2.5×10(-3) illnesses per million inhabitant per year, FSO equalled to 1.4×10(-9) foie gras portions containing C. botulinum spore (expressed in decimal logarithm, FSO=-8.9). The QMRA model output values were smaller, but on the same order of magnitude as these two figures: 8.0×10(-4) illnesses per million inhabitants per year, and, 4.5×10(-10) (-9.3 log) foie gras portions containing C. botulinum spores able to recover. It was then possible to conclude that the current practices regarding thermal treatment of canned foie gras are sufficient to control the risk of C. botulinum in foie gras in France. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 210. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.002
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, the fate of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris spores in different types of juice concentrates stored under different conditions was investigated. In addition, the impact of dilution procedures during the enrichment step for the detection of Alicyclobacillus in lemon juice concentrates was studied. Pear, red grape, mango, tangerine, carrot and lemon juice concentrates (50-69.4°Brix, pH1.7-4.3) were inoculated with A. acidoterrestris spores (10(3)spore/mL) and stored at 4°C and 20°C, after which the spores were counted at 0, 2, 5, 9, 17, 21, 28, 36, 43, and 50days. No significant differences in the number of Alicyclobacillus spores were observed at storage temperatures of 4°C and 20°C (p>0.05). The results also indicated that the number of spores of A. acidoterrestris remained stable in all types of juice concentrates during the storage period, except in lemon juice concentrate. In lemon juice concentrate, a decline in A. acidoterrestris spore populations of 0.3-0.8logCFU/mL was observed within 5-10days of storage. The decline in A. acidoterrestris spore populations was more pronounced in cloudy lemon juice concentrate, which contained higher concentrations of flavonoids (mainly eriocitrin and hesperidin) than clarified lemon juice concentrate. It was also found that dilution of lemon juice concentrate samples in the proportion of 1:19 allowed the germination of A. acidoterrestris spores and the growth of populations of up to 10(7)CFU/mL. In contrast, the proportion (1:9) recommended in internationally recognized methods led to a reduction in the population of this microorganism that would yield false negative results. Data presented in this study demonstrated that Alicyclobacillus spores remain stable in most juice concentrates during storage, but that natural antimicrobial compounds present in some of them may decrease spore counts and inhibit their recovery by detection procedures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 210. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.05.021
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    ABSTRACT: We evaluated whether propidium monoazide (PMA) combined with real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) is suitable for detecting viable Mycobacterium fortuitum after chlorine, ozone, and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. PMA-qPCR was effective in determining the viability of M. fortuitum compared with qPCR based on the membrane integrity. However, with a mild chlorine concentration, PMA-qPCR as an alternative method was not applicable due to a large gap between loss of culturability and membrane integrity damage. In ozonation, PMA-qPCR was able to differentiate between viable and injured mycobacteria, and the results were similar to those obtained by the culture method. Interestingly, PMA-qPCR was successful in monitoring the viability after UV disinfection due to the long UV exposure needed to effectively inactivate M. fortuitum. The findings of the present study suggested that the characteristics of disinfectants and the M. fortuitum resistance to disinfectants play critical roles in determining the suitability of PMA-qPCR for evaluating the efficacy of disinfection methods. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 10/2015; 210. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.019
  • International journal of food microbiology 09/2015; 209:1-2. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.06.022
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    ABSTRACT: We developed and evaluated a small scaled-up water-assisted pulsed light (WPL) system, in which berries were washed in a flume washer while being irradiated by pulsed light (PL). Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was used in combination with PL as an advanced oxidation process and chlorine wash was used as a control. The effects of organic load, water turbidity, berry type and PL energy output on the inactivation of Salmonella using the WPL system were investigated. The combination of WPL and 1% H2O2 (WPL-H2O2) was the most effective treatment which reduced Salmonella on raspberries and blueberries by 4.0 and >5.6logCFU/g, respectively, in clear water. When high organic load and SiO2, as a soil simulator, were added in wash water, the free chlorine level in chlorinated water decreased significantly (P<0.05); however, no significant difference (P>0.05) was observed for the decontamination efficacy of 1-min WPL-H2O2 treatment. Even in the presence of high organic load and water turbidity, no viable bacterial cells were recovered from the wash water, which showed that WPL-H2O2 could effectively prevent the risk of cross-contamination during treatment. Taken together, 1-min WPL treatment without H2O2 could provide a chemical free alternative to chlorine washing with similar and in some cases significantly higher bactericidal efficacy. Compared with chlorine washing, the combination of WPL and H2O2 resulted in significantly higher (P<0.05) reduction of Salmonella on berries, providing a novel intervention for processing of small berries intended for fresh-cut and frozen berry products. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 09/2015; 208. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.05.016
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    ABSTRACT: We here developed a novel loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method to detect Streptococcus suis in raw pork meat. This method, designated LAMPSS, targeted the recombination/repair protein (recN) gene of S. suis and detected all serotypes of S. suis, except those taxonomically removed from authentic S. suis, i.e., serotypes 20, 22, 26, 32, 33, and 34. The specificity of LAMPSS was confirmed and its detection limit was 5.4cfu/reaction. Among the 966 raw pork meat samples examined, including sliced pork, minced pork, and the liver, tongue, heart, and small intestine, 255 samples tested positive with LAMPSS. The rate of contamination was higher in the organs than in pork. No significant difference was observed in the total bacterial count between LAMPSS-positive and -negative samples. The number of shops that provided LAMPSS-positive pork was slightly higher in those that sold swine organs and pork than in those that sold only pork, suggesting that cross contamination occurred from the organs to pork. Among the 255 which tested positive for LAMPSS, only 47 samples tested positive for the previously described LAMP specific for S. suis serotype 2. Two isolates of S. suis serotype 2, belonging to sequence type 28, which is potentially hazardous to humans, as well as those of some other serotypes were obtained from 19 out of 47 samples by combining LAMP with a replica plating method. These results suggest that LAMPSS will be a useful tool for the surveillance of raw pork meat in the retail market. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 09/2015; 208. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.05.008
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    ABSTRACT: The Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) method currently used by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to detect Escherichia coli O157:H7 in spinach was systematically compared to a new flow cytometry based method. This Food and Drug Administration (FDA) level 2 external laboratory validation study was designed to determine the latter method's sensitivity and speed for analysis of this pathogen in raw spinach. Detection of target cell inoculations with a low cell count is critical, since enterohemorrhagic strains of E. coli require an infective dose of as few as 10 cells (Schmid-Hempel and Frank, 2007). Although, according to the FDA, the infectious dose is unknown (Food and Drug Administration, 1993). Therefore, the inoculation level into the spinach, a total of 2.0±2.6 viable E. coli O157 cells, was specified to yield between 25% and 75% detection by the new method, out of 20 samples (10 positives and 10 negatives). This criterion was met in that the new method detected 60% of the nominally positive samples; the corresponding sensitivity of the reference method was 50%. For both methods the most likely explanation for false negatives was that no viable cells were actually introduced into the sample. In this validation study, the flow cytometry method was equal to the BAM in sensitivity and far superior in speed. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    International journal of food microbiology 08/2015; 215:1-6. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.08.011
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    ABSTRACT: Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris can survive the pasteurization process, multiply in pasteurized juices and produce guaiacol which causes medicinal or antiseptic off-flavors. Chemical preservatives have the potential to suppress outgrowth of surviving populations during subsequent storage of fruit juices. In the present study, the individual effects of potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, potassium metabisulfite, dehydroacetic acid, ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, cinnamic acid and ε-polylysine on A. acidoterrestris growth and guaiacol production were firstly evaluated in a laboratory medium. Of the seven preservatives investigated, only dehydroacetic acid, cinnamic acid and ε-polylysine were effective both in controlling growth and guaiacol formation by A. acidoterrestris. Then, these three antimicrobials were applied to apple juice. Through the addition of 270mg/L dehydroacetic acid, 108mg/L cinnamic acid or 100mg/L ε-polylysine, the A. acidoterrestris counts were reduced by 3.43, 3.17 and 4.78logcolonyformingunit(CFU)/mL, respectively, and no guaiacol was detected after 14days of storage. Sensory evaluation revealed that the addition of these three preservatives did not affect the organoleptic properties of the apple juice. Results obtained in this paper could be very useful for a better control of A. acidoterrestris-related spoilage in the fruit juice/beverage industry. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    International journal of food microbiology 08/2015; 214:145-150. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.08.013
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    ABSTRACT: Infective third-stage larvae (L3) of nematode Anisakis spp. have been recognized as one of the major food-borne threats in lightly processed fish products in Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean region. Therefore, the effect of different storage temperatures of fish on larval post-mortem migration from visceral cavity into fillets is an important parameter to take into account when evaluating the risk for consumer safety. The European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) were caught during fishing season, a subsample of fillets was checked for the presence of Anisakis larvae at capture (mean abundance=0.07), and the rest was stored at four different temperatures (-18, 0, 4 and 22°C) in order to count migrating larvae and measure the production of biogenic amines over a period of time. Larvae were identified by morphological features and molecular tools. Post-mortem migration was observed in fillets stored at 0 and 4°C after three and five days, respectively, but not at 22 and -18°C. In case of storage at 22°C for two days, at the onset of putrefaction of the visceral organs, larvae migrated out of the visceral cavity towards the fish surface. Measured pH and biogenic amine profile during storage indicated that certain biochemical conditions trigger larval migration into fillets. Likewise, migration was observed at pH ~6.4 when sensory degradation of the fish was markedly visible. Although larval migration was delayed for approximately four days at a temperature of <4°C the correlation between pH and abundance of A. pegreffii larvae in the fillet was high and statistically significant at both 0 (r=0.998, p<0.01) and 4°C (r=0.946, p<0.05). Out of eight biogenic amines measured, cadaverine and putrescine levels correlated the most with the post-mortem migration at 4°C, while tyramine levels were significant at both temperatures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 08/2015; 214:179-186. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.08.008
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of coatings comprising shrimp chitosan (CHI) and Mentha piperita L. (MPEO) or Mentha×villosa Huds (MVEO) essential oils to control mold infections caused by Aspergillus niger, Botrytis cinerea, Penicillium expansum and Rhizopus stolonifer in cherry tomato fruits (Solanum lycopersicum L.) during storage at room temperature (25°C for 12days) and low temperature (12°C for 24days). The effects of the coatings on the physicochemical and sensory characteristics of cherry tomato fruits during storage were also assessed. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of CHI against all test fungi was 8mg/mL, whereas the MIC for both MPEO and MVEO was 5μL/mL. Combinations of CHI at 4mg/mL and MPEO or MVEO at 2.5 or 1.25μL/mL strongly inhibited the mycelial growth and spore germination of target fungi. The coatings comprising CHI and MPEO or CHI and MVEO at the different tested concentrations delayed the growth of decay-causing fungi in artificially contaminated tomato fruit during storage at either room temperature or low temperature. The assayed coatings preserved the quality of cherry tomato fruit during storage, in terms of physicochemical and sensory attributes. These results indicate that coatings comprising CHI and MPEO or CHI and MVEO represent promising postharvest treatments to prevent common postharvest mold infections in cherry tomato fruit during storage without affecting the quality of the fruit. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 08/2015; 214:168-178. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.08.009
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    ABSTRACT: Thirty-nine strains of Kluyveromyces marxianus from Pecorino di Farindola cheese in comparison with 3 strains from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, 1 from fermented milk, 3 from cow whey and two type strains K. marxianus CBS 834(T) and Kluyveromyces lactis CBS 683(T) were tested for genetic and metabolic characteristics. Intraspecific diversity of chromosome arrangements was evaluated by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis. Among K. marxianus strains chromosome polymorphisms were evident with 11 patterns that differed in size and number of the chromosomal bands. The number of the bands varied from 4 to 7 with sizes ranging from about 1.0 to 2.7Mb. Twelve strains were selected for determining their growth capacity and volatile compound production in two wheys (raw cheese whey and ricotta cheese whey) under limited oxygen availability. The growth kinetics highlighted four different biotypes and the influence of whey composition on K. marxianus development. The main volatile compounds detected after the growth were alcohols, acids, esters, ketones and aldehydes. Ethanol was the most abundant in both wheys. Aldehydes and other minor compounds were produced only when the strains were inoculated in ricotta cheese whey, while esters, butanoic, decanoic and octanoic acids were qualitatively and quantitatively more present in raw cheese whey. This study highlights a great genetic and metabolic biodiversity within Pecorino di Farindola K. marxianus strains and it could be exploited to improve the knowledge of this yeast for biotechnological uses. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    International journal of food microbiology 08/2015; 214:151-158. DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.08.001