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Microorganisms 2017, 5(3), 43;

Effect of Non-Dairy Food Matrices on the Survival of Probiotic Bacteria during Storage

Department of Wine, Food and Molecular Biosciences, Lincoln University, Lincoln 7647, New Zealand
Department of Agriculture Sciences, Lincoln University, Lincoln 7647, New Zealand
Department of Science and Primary Industries, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Current Address: The Department of Primary Industries, NSW Food Authority, Newington, NSW 2127, Australia.
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Received: 29 June 2017 / Revised: 24 July 2017 / Accepted: 27 July 2017 / Published: 1 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microbes and Food)
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The viability of probiotics in non-dairy food products during storage is required to meet content criteria for probiotic products. This study investigated whether non-dairy foods could be matrices for probiotics. Selected probiotic bacteria were coated on non-dairy foods under two storage conditions, and viabilities were assessed. The non-dairy foods were coated with 5–7 log cfu g−1 of Lactobacillus acidophilus ATCC4356T, Lactobacillus plantarum RC30, and Bifidobacterium longum ATCC15707T. The coated non-dairy foods were stored at 20 °C and 20% relative humidity (RH) or 30 °C and 50% RH. Viability of probiotic bacteria was determined after 0, 2, and 4 weeks of storage. B. longum showed the highest survival at week 4 of 6.5–6.7 log cfu g−1 on wheat bran and oat, compared with 3.7–3.9 log cfu g−1 of L. acidophilus and 4.2–4.8 log cfu g−1 of L. plantarum at 20 °C 20% RH. Under the storage conditions of 30 °C 50% RH, survival of 4.5 log cfu g−1 of B. longum was also found on oat and peanut. This was two and four times higher than the population of L. acidophilus and L. plantarum, respectively. The results suggest that probiotics can survive on non-dairy foods under ambient storage conditions. However, the storage conditions, food matrices, and probiotic strains should be carefully chosen to maximize probiotic bacteria survival. View Full-Text
Keywords: probiotic; non-dairy; survival; ambient storage condition; relative humidity probiotic; non-dairy; survival; ambient storage condition; relative humidity
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Min, M.; Bunt, C.R.; Mason, S.L.; Bennett, G.N.; Hussain, M.A. Effect of Non-Dairy Food Matrices on the Survival of Probiotic Bacteria during Storage. Microorganisms 2017, 5, 43.

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