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Structure and resistance to mechanical stress and enzymatic cleaning of Pseudomonas fluorescens biofilms formed in fresh-cut ready to eat washing tanks

Abstract : Surface contamination by Pseudomonas fluorescens biofilms was studied using pilot scale washing tanks with standard design features encountered in the fresh-cut vegetable processing industry. Consequences on the biofilms' resistance to the shear stress and to enzymatic cleaning were analysed. It was found that biofilm structure depended on the location in the tanks, which could range from discontinuous monolayer to large thick clusters, as observed for the wetting front areas corresponding to intermittently immersed areas. Biofilms grown in zones subjected to shear and at the wetting front were significantly more resistant to mechanical stress. Therefore, poor design features such as horizontal surfaces, right angles, welds and corners at the vat bottom appeared critical in terms of hygiene, being more resistant to enzymatic cleaning. Biofilms developed at the wetting front, in a priori hygienic areas, also appear resistant to enzymatic cleaning, constituting additional critical areas.
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Charles Cunault, Christine Faille, Almudena Calabozo-Delgado, Thierry Benezech. Structure and resistance to mechanical stress and enzymatic cleaning of Pseudomonas fluorescens biofilms formed in fresh-cut ready to eat washing tanks. Journal of Food Engineering, Elsevier, 2019, 262, pp.154-161. ⟨10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2019.06.006⟩. ⟨hal-02617880⟩

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