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A Preliminary Report for the Design of MoS (Micro-Olive-Spreadsheet), a User-Friendly Spreadsheet for the Evaluation of the Microbiological Quality of Spanish-Style Bella di Cerignola Olives from Apulia (Southern Italy)

Department of the Science of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Foggia, 71122 Foggia, Italy
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Foods 2020, 9(7), 848; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9070848
Received: 25 May 2020 / Revised: 23 June 2020 / Accepted: 25 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Research on Characterization and Processing of Table Olives)
A user friendly spreadsheet (Excel interface), designated MoS (Micro-Olive-Spreadsheet), is proposed in this paper as a tool to point out spoiling phenomena in Bella di Cerignola olive brines. The spreadsheet was designed as a protected Excel worksheet, where users input values for the microbiological criteria and pH of brines, and the output is a visual code, much like a traffic light: three red cells indicate a spoiling event, while two red cells indicate the possibility of a spoiling event. The input values are: (a) Total Aerobic Count (TAC); (b) Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB); (c) yeasts; (d) staphylococci; (e) pH. TAC, LAB, yeasts, and pH are the input values for the first section (quality), while staphylococci count is the input for the second section (technological history). The worksheet can be modified by adding other indices or by setting different breakpoints; however, it is a simple tool for an effective application of hazard analysis and predictive microbiology in table olive production. View Full-Text
Keywords: table olives; Bella di Cerignola; brines; microbiological quality; user-friendly spreadsheet; producers table olives; Bella di Cerignola; brines; microbiological quality; user-friendly spreadsheet; producers
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Bevilacqua, A.; Speranza, B.; Campaniello, D.; Sinigaglia, M.; Corbo, M.R. A Preliminary Report for the Design of MoS (Micro-Olive-Spreadsheet), a User-Friendly Spreadsheet for the Evaluation of the Microbiological Quality of Spanish-Style Bella di Cerignola Olives from Apulia (Southern Italy). Foods 2020, 9, 848.

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