|KELLER, SUZANNE - Food And Drug Administration(FDA)|
|KORNACKI, JEFFREY - Kornacki Microbiology Solutions|
Submitted to: Journal of Food Protection
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/24/2018
Publication Date: 5/22/2019
Citation: Gurtler, J., Keller, S., Kornacki, J., Annous, B.A., Jin, Z.T., Fan, X. 2019. Challenges in recovering foodborne pathogens from low-water activity foods: A review. Journal of Food Protection. 82(6):988-996. https://doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-18-204.
Technical Abstract: There are numerous obstacles to the detection of foodborne pathogens in low water-activity foods, such as antimicrobial compounds, particulates, PCR inhibitors, fatty matrices, etc. New approaches should be sought to increase the sensitivity of pathogen testing in low water-activity foods as well as overcoming the effects of various inhibitors and antimicrobials. The FDA and other labs are working toward this goal. This review will cover these issues while delineating specific inhibitors and antimicrobials that impede testing of low water activity foods.