Anti-listerial effect of selected essential oils and thymol

Kerekes, Erika-Beáta and Vidács, Anita and Török, Julianna Jenei and Gömöri, Csilla and Petkovits, Tamás and Chandrasekaran, Muthusamy and Kadaikunnan, Shine and Alharbi, Naiyf S. and Vágvölgyi, Csaba and Krisch, Judit (2016) Anti-listerial effect of selected essential oils and thymol. Acta Biologica Hungarica, 67 (3). pp. 333-343. ISSN 0236-5383


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The anti-listerial effect of marjoram, thyme essential oils (EOs) and thymol on Listeria monocytogenes inoculated chicken breast fillets was investigated. Before inoculation the fillets were pretreated by washing or not under running tap water. Inoculated samples were kept at 6 °C for 24 h to allow the growth of L. monocytogenes. After this, the fillets were put in marinating solutions containing salt (5%) and EOs or thymol in MIC/2 concentration established in vitro. Total germ count (TGC) and L. monocytogenes count was monitored on the meat surface and in the marinating solutions following 24 and 48 h storage at 6 °C. Thyme and thymol reduced significantly Listeria cell count (1–3 log CFU) in both samples. They also gave good flavour to the fried meat. The doses of EOs used were optimal for antimicrobial efficiency and had a pleasant flavour effect. Washing was not efficient in reducing total germ count.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz
Depositing User: Ágnes Sallai
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2017 23:15

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