Inactivation of non-toxigenic and toxigenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 inoculated on minimally processed tomatoes and cucumbers: Utilization of hydrosols of Lamiaceae spices as natural food sanitizers

SAĞDIÇ O., Ozturk I., Törnük F.

FOOD CONTROL, vol.30, no.1, pp.7-14, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2012.07.010
  • Journal Name: FOOD CONTROL
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-14
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Hydrosols obtained from three Lamiaceae plants (thyme, summer savory and oregano) were evaluated for their antibacterial activity against two Escherichia coli O157:H7 strains inoculated to fresh-cut tomato and cucumbers. Complete inhibitions of both E. coli O157:H7 strains on fresh-cut tomato and cucumber were achieved by all hydrosol treatments in varying treatment periods for low inoculation level (10(4) cfu/mL) while water wash (control) was inefficient to eliminate the bacterial populations. In the case of high inoculation (10(6) cfu/mL), hydrosol treatments reduced the populations to undetectable levels on cucumber cuts. Moreover, reductions in E. coli O157:H7 populations of fresh-cut tomato were always higher than 2.50 log cfu/g at this inoculation. The results suggested that hydrosols from Lamiaceae plants have the potential to be used as natural food sanitizers for fresh-cut tomatoes and cucumbers to provide their microbial safety without causing any sensorial defect on treated products or health problems in human. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.