Special Issue "Listeria in Beverages: Prevalence and Control"

A special issue of Beverages (ISSN 2306-5710).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Maria Leonor Faleiro

Departamento de Ciências Biológicas e Bioengenharia, Centro de Investigação em Biomedicina , Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Interests: bacterial pathogenesis, stress response, resistance, natural products; biological activities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Listeria monocytogenes is a serious challenge for food manufacturers, including beverage producers. The ability of this bacterium to prevail in the food processing environment is well known. Beverages, in general, can be produced from a large variety of raw material, including of animal origin (e.g., milk), fermented cereals (e.g., beer), fruit juices and vegetable drinks, and all of these products are likely to be contaminated by L. monocytogenes.  New trends in the consumption of healthy drinks made from fruit, raw vegetables, and vegetable drinks to replace the consumption of milk of animal origin require new approaches in monitoring and maintaining the food safety of these products. The consumption of this type of drink is not only claimed by the consumer who asks for minimally-processed foods but also by those with weakned health. Therefore, the evaluation of the risk of contamination of these products by L. monocytogenes is particularly critical. Innovative treatments that ensure the absence of this bacterium are crucial.

For this Special Issue on “Listeria in Beverages: Prevalence and Control”, we would like to invite submissions that show how the evaluation of the incidence of L. monocytogenes in beverages is being performed and new approaches to control its presence.

Original research and review papers are welcome on the topics of:

  • Prevalence of Listeria spp. in beverages, including fruit, vegetables juices and drinks
  • Methods of detection and quantification
  • Physiological responses of L. monocytogenes to beverages processing conditions
  • Modelling L. monocytogenes growth in beverages
  • Risk assessment
  • Treatments and combination of treatments to control listerial growth in beverages
  • Sanitation measures to control L. monocytogenes in beverages production
Prof. Maria L. Faleiro
Guest Editor

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Listeria monocytogenes in Milk: Occurrence and Recent Advances in Methods for Inactivation
Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 25 January 2019 / Published: 1 February 2019
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Milk is one of the most important food items consumed by humans worldwide. In addition to its nutritional importance, milk is an excellent culture medium for microorganisms, which may include pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes). Traditional processing of milk for [...] Read more.
Milk is one of the most important food items consumed by humans worldwide. In addition to its nutritional importance, milk is an excellent culture medium for microorganisms, which may include pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes). Traditional processing of milk for direct consumption is based on thermal treatments that efficiently eliminate pathogens, including pasteurization or sterilization. However, the occurrence of L. monocytogenes in milk as a consequence of failures in the pasteurization process or postpasteurization contamination is still a matter of concern. In recent years, consumer demand for minimally processed milk has increased due to the perception of better sensory and nutritional qualities of the products. This review deals with the occurrence of L. monocytogenes in milk in the last 10 years, including regulatory aspects, and recent advances in technologies for the inactivation of this pathogen in milk. The results from studies on nonthermal technologies, such as high hydrostatic pressure, pulsed electric fields, ultrasounds, and ultraviolet irradiation, are discussed, considering their potential application in milk processing plants. Full article
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