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Low-temperature post-harvest processing for reducing Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus in raw oysters

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dc.contributor.advisor Su, Yi-Cheng
dc.creator Chae, Minjung
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-29T17:11:46Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-29T17:11:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2007-06-14
dc.date.issued 2007-06-29T17:11:46Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/5705
dc.description Graduation date: 2008
dc.description.abstract Oysters are filter-feeding bivalves, which filter water for nutrients and often accumulate contaminants and human pathogens such as Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus naturally occurring in the marine environment. These naturally occurring pathogens have been frequently isolated from raw shellfish, particularly oyster, in the United States and are recognized as the leading causes of human gastroenteritis associated with seafood consumption. Human illness caused by consumption of raw oyster contaminated with V. parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus typically results in reduced sales of oysters and a consequent significant financial burden for the producers. The United States produces more than 27 million pounds of oysters each year with a large portion of them being produced from the coastal water of the Gulf of Mexico. It is estimated that 20 million Americans eat raw shellfish and consumption of raw oyster is responsible for about 95% of all deaths associated with seafood consumption in the U.S., making raw oysters one of the most hazardous seafoods. Several post-harvest processes, including low temperature pasteurization, freezing, high pressure processing and irradiation, have been reported capable of reducing Vibrio contamination in raw oysters. However, most of them require either a significant amount of initial investment or operation costs, and oysters are often killed during processing. Cost-effective post-harvest processing for reducing V. parahaemolyticus in raw oysters without significant adverse effects on the oysters remains to be developed. This study was conducted to determine impacts of low-temperature (15, 10 and 5°C) depuration and frozen storage on reducing V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus in raw oysters. Depuration of the Gulf oyster (Crassostrea virginica) with electrolyzed oxidizing (EO) water (chlorine, 30 ppm; pH 2.82; oxidation-reduction potential, 1,131mV) containing 3% NaCl was found ineffective on reducing both V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus in the oysters. Reductions of V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus in oyster after 48 h of EO water depuration at 22°C were limited to 0.7 and 1.4 log MPN/g, respectively. Depuration with EO water at lower temperatures did not enhance reductions of Vibrio in the oysters. Greater reductions of V. parahaemolyticus (1.2 log MPN/g) and V. vulnificus (2.0 log MPN/g) were observed when the oysters were depurated with artificial seawater (ASW) at room temperature (22°C) for 48 h. Decreasing temperature of ASW to 15°C for depuration significantly increased the reductions of V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus to 2.1 and 2.9 log MPN/g, respectively, after 48 h of process. However, depuration of oyster in ASW at 10 and 5°C were found less effective than at 15°C in reducing Vibrio in the Gulf oysters. An extended depuration with ASW at 15°C for 96 h was capable of achieving 2.6 and 3.3 log MPN/g of reductions of V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus, respectively, in the Gulf oysters. Study of effects of frozen storage at -10, -23 and -30°C on reducing V. parahaemolyticus in raw half-shell Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) found that the population of the bacterium decreased faster in oysters stored at -10 than at -23 or -30°C. Holding half-shell Pacific oyster at -10°C for three months or at -23°C for four months was capable of achieving a greater than 3-log (MPN/g) reduction of V. parahaemolyticus in the Pacific oyster. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Vibrio en
dc.subject oyster en
dc.subject depuration en
dc.subject freezing en
dc.subject.lcsh Vibrio parahaemolyticus en
dc.subject.lcsh Vibrio vulnificus en
dc.subject.lcsh Oysters -- Sanitation en
dc.subject.lcsh Oysters -- Contamination en
dc.subject.lcsh Oysters -- Microbiology en
dc.subject.lcsh Oysters -- Processing en
dc.title Low-temperature post-harvest processing for reducing Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus in raw oysters en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Food Science and Technology en
dc.degree.level Master's en
dc.degree.discipline Agricultural Sciences en
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en
dc.contributor.committeemember Torres, J. Antonio
dc.contributor.committeemember Bakalinsky, Alan Tagore
dc.contributor.committeemember Harter, Rod A.


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