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Keywords:

  • lactic acid;
  • polylactic[sp??] acid;
  • nisin;
  • beef;
  • Escherichia coli O157:H7

ABSTRACT: The antimicrobial effect of 2% low molecular weight polylactic acid (LMW-PLA), 2% lactic acid (LA), 200 IU nisin (Nisaplin™)/mL, and combinations of nisin and each acid on Escherichia coli O157:H7 on raw beef was investigated. Fresh beef, inoculated with E. coli O157:H7 and treated with each solution, was vacuum packaged and stored at 4 °C for 28 d. At day 28, counts of samples treated with LMW-PLA, NPLA, LA, and NLA were significantly reduced to 3.13,2.91, 2.99, and 2.83 log10 CFU/cm2, respectively. However, the antimicrobial effect of LMW-PLA and LA was not significantly different from each other and Nisaplin did not enhance the effects of either acid against this organism.