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ABSTRACT: In an effort to control the potential hazard of dairy product contamination by contact with processing surfaces, the efficiency of four commercial sanitizing agents was evaluated using the AOAC use-dilution method for their bactericidal activity at 4 and 20 degrees C against Listeria monocytogenes strain Scott-A attached on four types of surfaces (stainless steel, glass, polypropylene, and rubber). Our results indicate that all sanitizers tested were more efficient against L. monocytogenes attached to nonporous surfaces than to porous surfaces. After 10 min of contact time, the limit concentration of disinfectants was at least 5 to 10 times higher for sanitizing rubber than stainless steel or glass surfaces. Concentrations of each sanitizer needed to be higher at sanitation at 4 degrees C than at 20 degrees C to destroy L. monocytogenes attached to stainless steel, glass and rubber when surface contamination was achieved at 4 or 20 degrees C.
Journal of Dairy Science 01/1991; 73(12):3428-32. · 2.57 Impact Factor