Progress 05/15/03 to 11/14/04
Mussels were packed in a modified atmosphere package (MAP) and a variety of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains were added to the proprietary MAP formula (gas mixture, vacuum settings and buffer). One strain grew both aerobically and anaerobically and demonstrated inhibition to the growth of C. botulinum in spot on the lawn tests. A phase II SBIR project will perform botulism challenge studies with the purpose of gaining regulatory approval of the novel mussel pack for sales in the U.S.
If approved by the FDA, the MAP mussel live package will provide consumers with a more attractive, fresher and drip-free package which will increase sales of cultivated mussels in the U.S., in line with expected increases in volumes of bottom and rope-grown mussels from Maine.
- No publications reported this period