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Research Project: Development of Predictive Models for the Microbiological Safety and Shelf Life of Fish Products

Location: Residue Chemistry and Predictive Microbiology

Project Number: 8072-42000-075-09
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 01, 2014
End Date: Dec 31, 2016

Objective:
The objective is to develop mathematical models that can be used to predict the microbiological safety and shelf life of raw fish products during processing and distribution. The models will assist producers of raw fish products in designing the unit operations involving in producing raw fish products, such as processing, handling and storage, to enhance the products’ microbiological safety and quality.

Approach:
Laboratory experiments on the growth of pathogenic (Vibrio parahaemolyticus) and spoilage microorganisms on chilled grouper fillets at different storage temperatures will be conducted in the Cooperator’s laboratory. The ARS scientist and the Cooperator will jointly design the experiments, analyze data and develop growth models for applications in biochemical or electronic time-temperature-indicator (TTI) formats.

Last Modified: 11/26/2014
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