Survival of enteric pathogens in common beverages: an in vitro study

Am J Gastroenterol. 1988 Jun;83(6):658-60.


This in vitro study was undertaken to determine the potential for survival of enteric pathogens in common drinking beverages. Three carbonated soft drinks, two alcoholic beverages, skim milk, and water were inoculated with Salmonella, Shigella, and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, and quantitative counts were performed over 2 days. Our studies showed poorest survival of all three organisms in wine, and greatest growth in milk and water. Beer and cola allowed survival of small numbers of Salmonella and E. coli at 48 h, whereas sour mix and diet cola were sterile by 48 h. Survival features may correlate with pH of the beverages. These observations may be useful in guiding travellers for appropriate beverage consumption while visiting areas endemic for "traveller's diarrhea."

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Animals
  • Beverages*
  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Enterobacteriaceae / growth & development*
  • Escherichia coli / growth & development
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Milk / microbiology
  • Salmonella / growth & development
  • Shigella / growth & development
  • Water Microbiology