Name: Roy G.
Can you recommend a food
preservative to combat bacillus
lichenformis in bakery products.
I am not a specialist on food preservatives. I dug
into the literature for you and found a few clues.
Nisin and Subtilin are biological products with an
antibacterial activity (biopreservatives) that belong
to the family of the lantibiotics. These are active
against Bacillus species. Nisin is used as a food
additive in meat, cheese and liquids, but I could find
no information on the use in bakery products. However
lantibiotics are produced by lactic acid bacteria, and
these are sometimes used in the production of bakery
products. What I do not know is if nisin (a peptide)
would survive the baking process.
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