Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://ktisis.cut.ac.cy/handle/10488/14358
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dc.contributor.authorXylia, Panayiota-
dc.contributor.authorBotsaris, George-
dc.contributor.authorChrysargyris, Antonios-
dc.contributor.authorSkandamis, Panagiotis-
dc.contributor.authorTzortzakis, Nikos G.-
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-06T10:25:01Z-
dc.date.available2019-07-06T10:25:01Z-
dc.date.issued2019-10-
dc.identifier.citationFood Microbiology, 2019, Volume 83, Pages 200-210en_US
dc.identifier.issn0740-0020-
dc.identifier.urihttps://ktisis.cut.ac.cy/handle/10488/14358-
dc.description.abstractFresh vegetables are important components of an everyday balanced diet making ready to-eat-salads (RTE) a commodity widely consumed. However, in the past few years these products have been linked with outbreaks of salmonellosis and listeriosis; thus the continuous investigation of their safety is an essential requirement. A total of 216 samples of ready-to-eat salads from the Cypriot market were analysed to determine the microbiological quality and safety, along with physicochemical attributes of the salads and identify possible correlations between them. The samples were randomly collected from four retail outlets and correspond to five different salad producing companies. Furthermore, the effects of season, salad producer and type of salad and/or their interactions with the tested parameters were investigated. The results revealed that the higher microbial load among seasons was observed in samples collected during spring. Escherichia coli was found in 11.57% of samples and 2.62% of isolates were found to be able to produce extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL). All samples were found negative for Salmonella enterica, whereas Listeria monocytogenes was present in 3.70% of samples. Higher levels of spoilage bacteria (lactic acid bacteria and Pseudomonas spp.) were detected during winter and spring. Additionally, the %CO2 production was affected by the type of salad, while the interaction between producer and type of salad, affected total phenolic content and antioxidant activity of samples. A positive correlation of phenols and antioxidants with the presence of Staphylococcus spp., Pseudomonas spp., E. coli and Bacillus cereus was observed, suggesting that excessive handling increases microbial load and plant stress.en_US
dc.formatpdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofFood Microbiologyen_US
dc.rights© 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectAntioxidantsen_US
dc.subjectFood safetyen_US
dc.subjectFoodborne pathogensen_US
dc.subjectPhenolic contenten_US
dc.subjectRTE saladsen_US
dc.titleVariation of microbial load and biochemical activity of ready-to-eat salads in Cyprus as affected by vegetable type, season, and produceren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.collaborationCyprus University of Technologyen_US
dc.collaborationAgricultural University of Athensen_US
dc.subject.categoryOther Engineering and Technologiesen_US
dc.journalsSubscription Journalen_US
dc.countryCyprusen_US
dc.countryGreeceen_US
dc.subject.fieldEngineering and Technologyen_US
dc.publicationPeer Revieweden_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.fm.2019.05.013en_US
cut.common.academicyear2019-2020en_US
item.grantfulltextnone-
item.fulltextNo Fulltext-
item.languageiso639-1other-
crisitem.author.deptDepartment of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science-
crisitem.author.deptDepartment of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science-
crisitem.author.deptDepartment of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science-
crisitem.author.deptDepartment of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science-
crisitem.author.facultyFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.facultyFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.facultyFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.facultyFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.orcid0000-0003-3197-6535-
crisitem.author.parentorgFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.parentorgFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.parentorgFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.parentorgFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.journal.journalissn1095-9998-
crisitem.journal.publisherElsevier-
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