Table 1.

Predicted M values for the growth of spoilage-associated microorganisms under different storage conditions, and predicted shelf lives

Storage conditionShelf life (days)aTVC (log CFU/g)Predicted M value (log CFU/g) for the growth of:
B. thermosphactaLABEnterobacteriaceaePseudomonas spp.Carnobacterium spp.
Air (A)79.318.015.056.749.032.03
Vacuum packaging (V)347.406.106.802.243.846.20
Active vacuum packaging (AV)447.
  • a Time necessary to attain a mesophilic TVC of 7 log CFU/g.