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Efficacy of Sanitizing Agents against Listeria monocytogenes Biofilms on High-Density Polyethylene Cutting Board Surfaces.

This study compared the effectiveness of 10 commercially available sanitisers against Listeria monocytogenes biofilms on high-density polyethylene cutting boards. Smooth and rough surface high-density polyethylene coupons (2 by 5 cm) were inoculated (approximately 6 log CFU/cm2) with a five-strain composite of L. monocytogenes in ham homogenate and incubated at 24 degrees C and > or = 90% relative humidity for up to 21 days. The coupons were subjected to repeated 24-h cycles simulating use and cleaning in the home. Each day, 0.3 ml of a 10-fold-diluted tryptic soy broth containing 0.6% yeast extract was added to each coupon (simulating exposure to nutrients during food preparation), and 8 h later each coupon was rinsed with sterile distilled water. Coupons were subjected to sanitiser treatments on days 0, 0.25, 7, 14, and 21. Eight quaternary ammonium compound (QAC)-based sanitisers, one of lactic acid-based sanitiser, and one sodium hypochlorite-based sanitiser were applied to individual coupons according to the manufacturers&; instructions. Coupons were analysed for L. monocytogenes (PALCAM agar) and total bacteria (tryptic soy agar with 0.6% yeast extract). At 0 and 0.25 days, nine of the sanitisers (all except for QAC-based sanitiser 10) had reduced L. monocytogenes to < 0.60 log CFU/cm2. For > or = 7-day-old biofilms, the lactic acid-based sanitiser (pH 3.03) was the most effective, and the QAC-based sanitisers were more effective when at pH 10.42 to 11.46 than at pH 6.24 to 8.70. Sanitiser efficacies were greater (P < 0.05) against younger (7 days) than older (21 days) biofilms on smooth surfaces. For 7- and 14-day-old biofilms, sanitiser efficacies were higher (P < 0.05) on smooth than on rough surfaces. J Food Prot. 2009;72(5):990-8.

Author: Yang H, Kendall PA, Medeiros LC, et al

Published: 01/07/2009

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Journal of Food Protection