Importance of Photobacterium phosphoreum in relation to spoilage of modified atmosphere-packed fish products

Paw Dalgaard, Ole Mejlholm, T.J. Christiansen, Hans Henrik Huss

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Abstract

Occurrence and growth of Photobacterium phosphoreum were studied in 20 experiments with fresh fish from Denmark, Iceland and Greece. The organism was detected in all marine fish species but not in fish from fresh water. Growth of P. phosphoreum to high levels (>10(7) cfu g(-1)) was observed in most products and the organism is likely to be of importance for spoilage of several modified atmosphere-packed (MAP) marine fish species when stored at chill temperatures. Some microbiological methods recommended for control of fish products by national and international authorities are inappropriate for detection of psychrotolerant and heat-labile micro-organisms like P. phosphoreum. These methods have been used in many previous studies of MAP fish and this could explain why, contrary to the findings in the present study, P. phosphoreum in general was not detected previously in spoiled MAP fish.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLetters in Applied Microbiology
Volume24
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)373-378
ISSN0266-8254
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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