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Title: Antibacterial Efficacy of Eryngium foetidum (Culantro) against Select Food-borne Pathogens
Authors: Homer, Sharon
Baccus-Taylor, Gail S.H.
Akingbala, John A.
Authors (Email): Baccus-Taylor, Gail (Gail.Baccus-Taylor@sta.uwi.edu)
Editors: Hutchinson, Sharon D.
Editors (Email): Hutchinson, Sharon D. (sharon.hutchinson@sta.uwi.edu)
Keywords: natural food preservatives
food-borne pathogens
antibacterial efficacy
culantro leaves
in-vitro screening
% kill.
JEL Codes: I18
Issue Date: 2009-06
Series/Report no.: Proceedings of the West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference
27
Abstract: There is a growing trend of consumer preference for the use of natural food preservatives either to prevent the growth of food-borne pathogens, or to delay the onset of food spoilage. In this investigation, an in-vitro screening method was used to determine the antibacterial efficacy of a 10% w/v suspension of the natural leaves of the herb culantro (Eryngium foetidum), against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli and Salmonella Typhimurium. The apparent sensitivity of the gram-positive bacteria and resistance of the gram-negative bacteria were distinct. Significant antibacterial activity was evident against S. aureus and B. subtilis, but no apparent antibacterial activity was evident against E. coli and S. Typhimurium. There was approximately 100% kill for both S. aureus and B. subtilis. The results obtained from this investigation suggest that culantro leaves can potentially be used as a food preservative, by increasing the safety and extending the shelf life of food products.
Notes: Belize City, Belize 23rd - 27th July, 2007
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/122908
Identifiers: 978-976-8223-76-0
Institution/Association: Caribbean Agro-Economic Society>27th West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference, July 2007, Belize City, Belize
Total Pages: 14
Collections:27th West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference, July 2007, Belize City, Belize

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