Effect of Streptococcus thermophilus supernatant and inulin on Listeria monocytogenes in soft cheese

Jehan Abdul Sattar Salman, Wala’a Shawkat Ali, Nibras Nazar Mahmood, Nabaa Abd-Alkhalik Othman


The antilisterial activity of 0.1, 0.5 and 1 ml of both Streptococcus thermophilus supernatant ( as derived probiotics) and inulin (as prebiotics)  in soft  cheese for three co-incubation periods (24,48 and 72 h) was evaluated. The results showed that the supernatant of S. thermophilus inhibited growth of Listeria monocytogenes at all co-incubation periods, especially when used 1 ml of supernatant ( 3 log reduction at 24 h and 2 log reduction at 48 and 72 h) compared with control (L. monocytogenes only). The S. thermophilus supernatant at 0.5 and 1 ml  was  more effective in reducing growth of L. monocytogenes compared with 0.1 ml of supernatant. No inhibition activity of inulin against L. monocytogenes was observed at all co-incubation periods. These results indicate that S. thermophilus supernatant  has a protective action against L. monocytogenes in soft cheese.

Keywords: Streptococcus thermophilus, Listeria monocytogenes, Antilisterial activity, Inulin, Soft cheese.

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