Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 431-437

Effect of ultrasound on survival and growth of Escherichia coli in cactus pear juice during storage

Cruz-Cansino, Nelly del SocorroReyes-Hernández, IsidroDelgado-Olivares, LuisJaramillo-Bustos, Diana PamelaAriza-Ortega, José AlbertoRamírez-Moreno, Esther

The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of ultrasound as a conservation method for the inactivation of Escherichia coli inoculated into cactus pear juices (green and purple). Total soluble solids, pH, titratable acidity, and the kinetics of E. coli in cactus pear juices treated by ultrasound (60%, 70%, 80% and 90% amplitude levels for 1, 3 and 5 min) were evaluated over 5 days. Total inactivation was observed in both fruit juices after 5 min of ultrasound treatment at most amplitude levels (with the exception of 60% and 80%). After one and two days of storage, the recovery of bacteria counts was observed in all cactus pear juices. Ultrasound treatment at 90% amplitude for 5 min resulted in non-detectable levels of E. coli in cactus pear juice for 2 days. The parameters of pH, titratable acidity and soluble solids were unaffected.(AU)

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