Quantifying the effectiveness of washing treatments on the microbial quality of fresh-cut romaine lettuce and cantaloupe Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 Elsevier Ltd The increase in foodborne illness outbreaks associated with fresh and fresh-cut produce in the USA has been attributed to ineffectiveness of current handling practices. This study describes the change in concentration of population of Listeria innocua to then quantify the effectiveness of washing treatments and storage temperature in the growth of Listeria monocytogenes in two popular fresh-cut produces, romaine lettuce and cantaloupe. L. innocua was used as a surrogate for L. monocytogenes to experimentally evaluate the effectiveness of washing treatments (water and chlorine) and develop growth curves at 536 C storage. Both treatments were more effective (p < 0.05) in reducing L. innocua concentration in fresh-cut romaine lettuce than in cantaloupe. For instance, chlorinated water treatment reduced L. innocua population by 0.98 log on fresh-cut romaine lettuce compared to just 0.57 log on cantaloupe rind. The experimental data on L. innocua were used to test the Baranyi-Roberts model in both produce and results demonstrate that it can be a useful tool to estimate the growth of L. monocytogenes in selected fresh-cut produce during distribution, storage or at the market, or at home using quantitative risk assessment methods.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Guzel, M., Moreira, R. G., Omac, B., & Castell-Perez, M. E.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Guzel, Mustafa||Moreira, Rosana G||Omac, Basri||Castell-Perez, M Elena

publication date

  • January 2017