Customers demand their suppliers to produce safe and wholesome meat products. Although animal muscle is essentially sterile, exterior surfaces are highly susceptible to microbiological contamination. Meat surfaces can be contaminated during slaughter or further processing by pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella.
The study showed that applying a pre-chill treatment solution containing LACTATEX™ LA lactic acid to beef carcasses reduced the counts of Salmonella typhimurium and E. coli O157:H7 by 5 log cycles. When a water wash only was applied the result was a reduction of just 3 log counts.