Nonconventional starter cultures of coagulase-negative staphylococci to produce animal-derived fermented foods, a SWOT analysis

DA Stavropoulou, Luc De Vuyst, Frederic Leroy

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Abstract

Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are ubiquitous micro-organisms that
are commonly present on animal skin and animal-derived foods. They are
members of the beneficial microbial consortia of several fermented food products
where they contribute to quality. Currently, only a few CNS species are included
in commercial starter cultures, although many other ones with promising
properties have been isolated from diverse food ecosystems. In the present study, a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis of the potential use of unconventional CNS starter cultures for the fermentation of animalderived foods is carried out. An overview of both their desirable and worrisome metabolic traits is given. In general, the application of innovative CNS-based starter cultures offers opportunities to modulate flavour, improve the safety and health aspects and develop novel colour development strategies for clean label products. Yet, their implementation is often not straightforward as nontrivial obstacles or threats are encountered, which relate to technological, food safety and legal concerns. As most of the desirable and undesirable characteristics of CNS species are strain dependent, a case-by-case evaluation is needed when evaluating specific strains for their potential use as novel starter cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1570-1586
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Microbiology
Volume125
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • fermentation
  • fermented foods
  • food preservation
  • food processing
  • staphylococci

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