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Title: Evaluation of the potential of mid-infrared spectroscopy to assess the microbiological quality of ham
Author: Moreirinha, Catarina
Nunes, Alexandra
Barros, António
Almeida, Adelaide
Delgadillo, Ivonne
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: The accurate reliable detection and identification of microorganisms in food is critical to public safety. Consequently, it is extremely important to develop rapid and inexpensive methods for the detection of food microorganisms in order to minimize or even replace the traditional analysis methods that are expensive and time-consuming. In this study, the potential of mid-infrared spectroscopy was evaluated, for the first time, to detect changes in colony forming units of microorganisms in freshly cut ham along the time. A partial least squares regression model was performed and a good linear relationship was obtained between spectra information and microbial load. It was concluded that infrared spectroscopy easily and quickly allows the separation of ham samples according to their microbial content and could be used to predict the microbial concentration from the spectra, using the fingerprint region (1,200–950 cm−1), without sample preparation or handling. Practical Applications As it is essential to avoid infections caused by foodborne bacteria, it is important to develop a rapid, low cost and easy to perform technique to face the increasing demands of the food industry. Mid-infrared spectroscopy, coupled to multivariate analysis, has potential to be used as a first-screening approach and to assess the microbial concentration in ham samples, avoiding the traditional plating methods that are time-consuming.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1111/jfs.12176
ISSN: 0149-6085
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