Automated fluorimetry in quality control of pasteurized and ultra-high temperature-treated starch soup

Tiina Mattila-Sandholm, Terhi Alivehmas, Gun Wirtanen, Ulf Rönner, Markus Sandholm

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Automated monitoring of the microbiological quality of heat‐processed foods by the resazurin reduction test was applied to microtitration plate incubator‐fluorimeter technology. The appearance and disappearance of the fluorescing peak of resorufin was monitored on microtitration trays. Pasteurized or ultra‐high temperature‐treated starch‐based soup was used as the model food system. Bacillus subtilis spores (ultra‐high temperature treatment) and vegetative cells of Enterococcus faecalis (pasteurization) were inoculated into the soup before the heat treatment at levels which resulted in some survival. The timing of appearance of maximum fluorescence correlated with the number of bacteria in pre‐incubated samples. Automated resazurin‐reduction fluorimetry was compared with conventional plating, turbidometry and microcolony count by the direct epifluorescent filter technique. The results of the resazurin test correlated well with those of all the other methods tested. Fluorimetry had the advantage that the results could be read within 1–5h and the reproducibility was superior to the other methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325 - 336
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Food Science and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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