Blue-veined cheeses may allow Listeria monocytogenes survival and multiplication due to the biochemical characteristics of the cheese and the growth characteristics of the pathogen. Because of the availability of a considerable number of samples, we wanted this study to take a large view of the microbiota and of the incidence and genetic diversity of L. monocytogenes in blue-veined cheese rinds. Moreover, we wanted to determine if the pathogen present on the rinds at the end of ripening represented a risk to the consumer if the cheese should exceed the domestic storage limit imposed by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/ 2005 for food safety criteria. The rind microflora showed a high level of heterogeneity, and the incidence of L. monocytogenes (never found in the paste samples) was 55%, with an increased presence and concentration associated with a longer ripening time. Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) was used to characterise L. monocytogenes isolated from blue-veined cheese rinds and highlighted the heterogeneity among the strains, demonstrating its suitability for studying the biodiversity of the pathogen in this environment. L. monocytogenes was able to grow during the shelf life of the cheese and was influenced by the refrigeration temperatures and the physicochemical characteristics of the cheese.

The presence, genetic diversity and behaviour of Listeria monocytogenes in blue-veined cheese rinds during the shelf life / Bernini, Valentina; Bottari, Benedetta; E., Dalzini; Sgarbi, Elisa; Lazzi, Camilla; Neviani, Erasmo; Gatti, Monica. - In: FOOD CONTROL. - ISSN 0956-7135. - 34:2(2013), pp. 323-330. [10.1016/j.foodcont.2013.04.015]

The presence, genetic diversity and behaviour of Listeria monocytogenes in blue-veined cheese rinds during the shelf life

BERNINI, Valentina;BOTTARI, Benedetta;SGARBI, Elisa;LAZZI, Camilla;NEVIANI, Erasmo;GATTI, Monica
2013-01-01

Abstract

Blue-veined cheeses may allow Listeria monocytogenes survival and multiplication due to the biochemical characteristics of the cheese and the growth characteristics of the pathogen. Because of the availability of a considerable number of samples, we wanted this study to take a large view of the microbiota and of the incidence and genetic diversity of L. monocytogenes in blue-veined cheese rinds. Moreover, we wanted to determine if the pathogen present on the rinds at the end of ripening represented a risk to the consumer if the cheese should exceed the domestic storage limit imposed by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/ 2005 for food safety criteria. The rind microflora showed a high level of heterogeneity, and the incidence of L. monocytogenes (never found in the paste samples) was 55%, with an increased presence and concentration associated with a longer ripening time. Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) was used to characterise L. monocytogenes isolated from blue-veined cheese rinds and highlighted the heterogeneity among the strains, demonstrating its suitability for studying the biodiversity of the pathogen in this environment. L. monocytogenes was able to grow during the shelf life of the cheese and was influenced by the refrigeration temperatures and the physicochemical characteristics of the cheese.
The presence, genetic diversity and behaviour of Listeria monocytogenes in blue-veined cheese rinds during the shelf life / Bernini, Valentina; Bottari, Benedetta; E., Dalzini; Sgarbi, Elisa; Lazzi, Camilla; Neviani, Erasmo; Gatti, Monica. - In: FOOD CONTROL. - ISSN 0956-7135. - 34:2(2013), pp. 323-330. [10.1016/j.foodcont.2013.04.015]
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