Lactic acid bacteria of meat and meat products

Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 1983 Sep;49(3):327-36. doi: 10.1007/BF00399507.


When the growth of aerobic spoilage bacteria is inhibited, lactic acid bacteria may become the dominant component of the microbial flora of meats. This occurs with cured meats and with meats packaged in films of low gas permeability. The presence of a flora of psychrotrophic lactic acid bacteria on vacuum-packaged fresh chilled meats usually ensures that shelf-life is maximal. When these organisms spoil meats it is generally by causing souring, however other specific types of spoilage do occur. Some strains cause slime formation and greening of cured meats, and others may produce hydrogen sulphide during growth on vacuum-packaged beef. The safety and stability of fermented sausages depends upon fermentation caused by lactic acid bacteria. Overall the presence on meats of lactic acid bacteria is more desirable than that of the types of bacteria they have replaced.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Fermentation
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Food Preservation
  • Food Preservatives
  • Lactobacillus / isolation & purification*
  • Meat Products*
  • Meat*
  • Streptococcaceae / isolation & purification*
  • Swine
  • Vacuum


  • Food Preservatives