Indexed on: 29 Jul '16Published on: 29 Jul '16Published in: Poultry science
To improve understanding of Salmonella Typhimurium LT2 inactivation in ground poultry carcasses, a series of experiments were carried out at multiple temperatures. Subsequently, a non-linear model was developed to predict Salmonella inactivation at composting and low rendering temperatures. The Salmonella inactivation study was conducted using bench-top experiments at 38, 48, 55, 62.5, 70, and 78°C in mixed and non-mixed reactors using ground poultry carcasses as a feedstock. Subsequently, these observations were used for developing a non-linear model. The model predictions were compared with the observations of a different set of experiments. The comparisons among predictions and observations showed that the model predictions are reasonable and can be useful to determine the time required for Salmonella inactivation in poultry carcasses at multiple temperatures. Results showed that at composting conditions, when temperature varies between 48 and 62.5°C, Salmonella survival can prolong between 10,000 and 25,000 min (7 to 17 d). If ambient temperature is maintained at low temperature rendering range (70 to 78°C), then Salmonella survival can last for 90 to 120 minutes. We anticipate that this study will help in improving the existing understanding of Salmonella survival in poultry carcasses.