Relationship between aerosolized microbial load and contamination of fully cooked then frozen meat products Academic Article uri icon


  • The relationship between microbial loads in air and contamination of fully cooked meat products was investigated in a commercial processing facility. Air and product were sampled in the packaging area. No correlation existed between microbial counts from air samples and product samples (P > 0.05; r < 0.06). Microbial counts from air samples ranged from 0.30 to 2.54 log 10 colony-forming units (CFU)/500 L and from 0.30 to 3.78 log 10 CFU/g in the product samples. These data suggest that no direct relationship exists between microbial air quality and product contamination, but other environmental conditions may account for up to 1/5 of the variation in air contamination and 1/3 of the variation in product contamination.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Helm-Archer, A. A., Kerth, C. R., Jones, W. R., McCaskey, T. A., & Conner, D. E.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Helm-Archer, AA||Kerth, CR||Jones, WR||McCaskey, TA||Conner, DE

publication date

  • January 2004