Alfalfa seeds were treated with chlorine to determine the effect on microbial populations during soaking, sprouting, and refrigerated storage in three packaging environments. Chlorine was effective in reducing microbial populations on the seeds, but numbers increased during sprouting. Chlorine treatments had the most impact on yeast and molds during storage. Yeast and molds were significantly higher in sprouts that were stored in vacuum packages and in sprouts from non-chlorine treated seeds stored in MAP. Yeast and mold counts on all sprouts stored in perforated packaging did not significantly increase during storage. A combination of chlorine treatment of the seeds and preforated packaging of sprouts may increase the shelf-life.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of food science|
|State||Published - 2001|
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Microbiological quality