Internalization of Listeria monocytogenes in cantaloupes during dump tank washing and hydrocooling

Dumitru Macarisin, Anna Wooten, Antonio De Jesus, Minji Hur, Seonjae Bae, Jitendra Patel, Peter Evans, Eric Wayne Brown, Thomas Hammack, Yi Chen

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Recent listeriosis outbreaks and recalls associated with cantaloupes urge for studies to understand the mechanisms of cantaloupe contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. Postharvest practices such as washing and hydrocooling were suggested to facilitate the contamination of fresh fruits by human pathogens. This study assessed the potential of L. monocytogenes internalization into cantaloupes during dump tank washing and immersion-type hydrocooling in water contaminated with L. monocytogenes. The effect of cantaloupe cultivar, water temperature, and harvesting technique on L. monocytogenes internalization was also evaluated. Full slip (cantaloupe without any residual stem) Western and Eastern cultivar cantaloupes were pre-warmed to 42 °C (to imitate peak-high field temperatures of freshly harvested cantaloupes) and then immersed in water at 6 °C and 18 °C containing 4 and 6 log CFU/ml of L. monocytogenes. Clipped (cantaloupe with short stem residues obtained by clipping the stem at harvest) Western and Eastern cantaloupes were pre-warmed to 42 °C and then immersed in water at 6 °C containing 6 log CFU/ml of L. monocytogenes. Additionally, full slip and clipped Western cantaloupes were equilibrated to 18 °C and then immersed in water at 18 °C containing 6 log CFU/ml of L. monocytogenes (isothermal immersion without temperature differential). Water containing L. monocytogenes infiltrated both full slip and clipped cantaloupes through the stems/stem scars and was then distributed along the vascular system in hypodermal mesocarp reaching the calyx area of the fruit. The current study demonstrated that, under experimental conditions, L. monocytogenes can internalize into cantaloupes during immersion in water contaminated by L. monocytogenes, both in the presence and absence of temperature differential, and that temperature differential moderately enhanced the internalization of L. monocytogenes. The incidence and levels of L. monocytogenes internalized in the middle-mesocarp were significantly affected by harvesting technique but not by cantaloupe cultivar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-175
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of food microbiology
Volume257
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2017

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Cucumis melo
cantaloupes
Listeria monocytogenes
washing
Water
Immersion
Temperature
stems
mesocarp
water
Fruit
temperature
cultivars
water harvesting
Listeriosis
plant vascular system
listeriosis
raw fruit
calyx
angle of incidence

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  • Food Science
  • Microbiology

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Macarisin, Dumitru ; Wooten, Anna ; De Jesus, Antonio ; Hur, Minji ; Bae, Seonjae ; Patel, Jitendra ; Evans, Peter ; Brown, Eric Wayne ; Hammack, Thomas ; Chen, Yi. / Internalization of Listeria monocytogenes in cantaloupes during dump tank washing and hydrocooling. In: International journal of food microbiology. 2017 ; Vol. 257. pp. 165-175.
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Internalization of Listeria monocytogenes in cantaloupes during dump tank washing and hydrocooling. / Macarisin, Dumitru; Wooten, Anna; De Jesus, Antonio; Hur, Minji; Bae, Seonjae; Patel, Jitendra; Evans, Peter; Brown, Eric Wayne; Hammack, Thomas; Chen, Yi.

In: International journal of food microbiology, Vol. 257, 18.09.2017, p. 165-175.

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