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J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2017 Jan 28;27(1):67-71. doi: 10.4014/jmb.1607.07036.

Antimicrobial Activity of Flaxseed Meal Extract against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Staphylococcus aureus Inoculated on Red Mustard.

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Department of Food Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Republic of Korea.


This study examined the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed meal extract (FME) against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli O157:H7 inoculated on red mustard. With the treatment of 0.7% FME for 3 min, the reduction levels of S. aureus and E. coli O157:H7 populations were 1.23 and 1.83 log CFU/g, respectively. In addition, the combined treatment of 0.7% FME at 50°C for 3 min reduced the populations of the pathogenic bacteria by 2.28 and 2.41 log CFU/g, respectively. The color and the vitamin C content were not significantly different between treatments. Thus, FME can be used as a novel antimicrobial agent in freshcut vegetables.


Antimicrobial agent; flaxseed meal extract; minimally processed vegetable; pathogenic bacteria

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