Use of Lactic Acid Bacteria to Inhibit the Growth of Clostridium Botulinum in a Novel Mussel Pack

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2004-33610-15009
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-00304
Amount: $275,179.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Great Eastern Mussel Farms, Inc.
P.O. Box 141, Tenants Harbor, ME, 04860
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carter Newell
 (207) 372-6317
Business Contact
 Endicott Davison, Jr.
Title: President
Phone: (207) 372-6317
Research Institution
Mussel consumption in the U.S. has been limited by the sales of live mussels in wet packages with reduced shelf life. The FDA is reluctant to approve modified atmosphere packs for live mussels due to the risk of contamination by Clostridium botulinum in spoiled packages. This project tests the effectiveness of a strain of lactic acid bacteria added to a live, modified atmosphere mussel pack to prevent the risk of botulism as part of a HACCP plan to obtain FDA approval for the novel pack.

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