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Insights into Fresh Meat Spoilage

  • Spiros Paramithiotis
  • P.N. Skandamis
  • George-John E. Nychas
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Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

Development of Spoilage Microbiota

The conditions under which the animals are reared and slaughtered determine the level, extent and type of contamination. Possible sources of contamination include the abiotic environment in contact with the animal (air, soil, water, feeds), the animal itself (hides, intestinal tract, faeces) and the processing equipment including utensils and humans. Contamination may also vary according to specific characteristics of each animal, its geographic origin as well as the season of the year.

The micro-organisms that usually dominate the initial microbiota of fresh carcasses are Gram-negative rods (mainly pseudomonads) and micrococci (mainly Kocuria spp. and Staphylococcus spp.). Furthermore, Gram-negative bacteria such as Acinetobacter spp., Alcaligenes spp., Moraxella spp. and Enterobacteriaceae, and Gram-positive species including spore-forming bacteria, lactic acid-producing bacteria and Brochothrix thermosphacta, as well as yeasts and moulds, may also...

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Shelf Life Meat Product Modify Atmosphere Packaging Fresh Meat Spoilage Bacterium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Spiros Paramithiotis
    • 1
  • P.N. Skandamis
    • 1
  • George-John E. Nychas
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Food Quality Control and Hygiene, Department of Food Science and TechnologyAgricultural University of AthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Food Science and TechnologyAgricultural University of AthensAthensGreece

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