Bacterial microflora associated with a commercial fish smoker

B. Alexander, B. Austin

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    An examination of samples obtained from a commercial fish smoker, using seawater agar with incubation at 4°, 15° and 37° C for up to 28 days, revealed the presence of large bacterial populations in smoked fish. However, initially only low bacterial numbers, i.e., 2 x 103/g, were present in the muscle of fresh, whole haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus). With filleting, there was a sudden increase in numbers to 9.2 x 105/g. Yet immediately after smoking, the bacterial populations decreased (5 x 105/g), followed by a gradual increase with storage (e.g., 2 x 106/g after 24 h). Representative colonies were presumptively identified as Acinetobacter, Alcaligenes, coryneforms, Pseudomonas and Vibrio spp.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)309-312
    Number of pages4
    JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1986


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