Polyvinylchloride-packaged loin strip steaks from vacuum-packaged beef strip loins decontaminated with lactic acid and stored for up to 126 days
Aerobic plate counts (APCs), presence/ absence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp., and visual color evaluations were used to determine the microbiological and display quality of steaks fabricated from beef strip loins sprayed with lactic acid (1.5% v/v) or water before, after, o r both before and after vacuum storage (14, 28, 56, 84, or 126 days) at either 30 ÌŠor 36 ÌŠF compared to nonsprayed or nonstored controls. Lactic acid applied pre- and poststorage (126 days) at 30 ÌŠF reduced APCs of steak s up to 2 log (99%). L. monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. were absent from all steaks. Lactic acid caused slightly more rapid color deterioration, resulting in slightly shorter display-life for steaks.