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Meat Sci. 1999 Jul;52(3):299-305.

Consequences of packaging on bacterial growth. Meat is an ecological niche.

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Station de Recherches sur laViande, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Centre de Clermont - Ferrand - Theix, 63122 Saint Genès Champanelle, France.


Meat is a good support for bacterial growth and particularly for bacteria which are specific of meat and meat products. Little is known about the physiological and biochemical factors which could explain why some bacterial species are only isolated from meat. This review tentatively points out, from an ecological point of view, some of these factors in Gram negative and Gram positive micro-organisms influencing storage life.

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