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J Food Prot. 2001 Apr;64(4):546-50.

Survival of staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli as affected by ethanol and NaCl.

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Department of Food Science, National Chiayi University, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Growth of three strains of Staphylococcus aureus and two strains of Escherichia coli on nutrient agar (NA) supplemented with ethanol and NaCl was investigated. S. aureus did not grow on NA containing > or =10% ethanol (wt/wt) combined with > or =0% NaCl (wt/wt), or 7.5% ethanol combined with 7.5% NaCl. Neither E. coli nor E. coli O157:H7 grew on NA containing > or =7.5% ethanol combined with > or =0% NaCl, 5% ethanol combined with > or =2.5% NaCl, or > or =5% NaCl combined with > or =0% ethanol. It is apparent that NaCl enhanced the inhibitory effect of ethanol on growth of S. aureus and E. coli When cells were suspended in nutrient broth containing 12.5, 20, or 40% ethanol combined with NaCl, viable cells decreased with an increase of ethanol concentration. Ethanol sensitivity among strains and between genera varied in a limited range. When the cells were exposed to 20% ethanol in combination with 5% NaCl, S. aureus and E. coli lost viability after 30 and 10 min, respectively. When treated with 40% ethanol combined with > or =0% NaCl, all test strains lost viability within 5 min.

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