What is the most effective method for reducing the microbial load in date paste?

Inês Soares, Rita Vedor, Clara Muñoz-Bas, José Pérez-Alvarez, Juana Fernández-López, Teresa Brandão, Fátima Miller, Joana Cristina Barbosa, Daniela Machado, Ana Maria Gomes

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Date paste's high moisture and sugar content, which nourishes microorganisms such as bacteria and molds, makes it susceptible to microbial contamination. These conditions are inherent to its composition and processing methods (Zamir et al., 2018, Muñoz-Tebar et al., 2023). Ensuring low microbial load in date paste is crucial for safety, compliance, and quality (Zamir et al., 2018). Contamination can cause illnesses, alter taste, and shorten shelf life, affecting consumer satisfaction and market competitiveness (Muñoz-Tebar et al., 2023). Therefore, implementing adequate microbial control strategies, such as optimized processing, hygiene protocols, controlled storage and effective microbial load reduction strategies, is vital for safety, quality, and market acceptance.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2024
EventEncontro Ciência 2024: +Ciência para Uma Só Saúde e bem-estar global - Alfândega do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 Jul 20245 Jul 2024


ConferenceEncontro Ciência 2024
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