Antimicrobial Potential of Flavoring Ingredients Against Bacillus cereus in a Milk-Based Beverage.

Foodborne pathogens and disease

PubMedID: 23909775

Pina-Pérez MC, Rodrigo D, Martínez-López A. Antimicrobial Potential of Flavoring Ingredients Against Bacillus cereus in a Milk-Based Beverage. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2013;.
Abstract Natural ingredients-cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, and anise-were assessed based on Bacillus cereus vegetative cell growth inhibition in a mixed liquid whole egg and skim milk beverage (LWE-SM), under different conditions: ingredient concentration (1, 2.5, and 5% [wt/vol]) and incubation temperature (5, 10, and 22°C). According to the results obtained, ingredients significantly (p<0.05) reduced bacterial growth when supplementing the LWE-SM beverage. B. cereus behavior was mathematically described for each substrate by means of a modified Gompertz equation. Kinetic parameters, lag time, and maximum specific growth rate were obtained. Cinnamon was the most bacteriostatic ingredient and cocoa the most bactericidal one when they were added at 5% (wt/vol) and beverages were incubated at 5°C. The bactericidal effect of cocoa 5% (wt/vol) reduced final B. cereus log10 counts (log Nf, log10 (colony-forming units/mL)) by 4.10±0.21 log10 cycles at 5°C.