Food Science and Biotechnology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 607–615 | Cite as

Assessment of microbiological contamination in saengshik products from the Korean market and identification of the irradiation status

  • Gui-Ran Kim
  • Hafiz Muhammad Shahbaz
  • Hyun-Kyu Kyung
  • Joong-Ho Kwon


This study investigated the prevalence of microbiological contamination in commercial Saengshik products (samples SP-1 to SP-12) from the Korean market, and identified their irradiation status. SP-2, SP-8, and SP-12 showed less than 3.66 and 1.10 log colony forming units (CFU)/g in total plate and coliforms counts, respectively, while the remaining samples showed more than 4.70 and 2.35 log CFU/g, respectively. Four samples were positive on some of foodborne pathogenic bacteria (Clostridium perfringens, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Bacillus cereus). SP-2, SP-8, and SP-12 contained no pathogenic bacteria and were suspected to have been irradiated. They were confirmed as positive using photostimulated luminescence (PSL) analysis. PSL positive results on samples SP-2, SP-8 and SP-12 were finally confirmed by the authentic thermoluminescence (TL) analysis on the basis of TL glow curve shape, intensity, temperature range of TL peak maxima and TL ratio (TL1/TL2).


Saengshik Microbial safety Food irradiation Photostimulated luminescence Thermoluminescence 



This research did not receive any funding from public or private funding organization.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gui-Ran Kim
    • 1
  • Hafiz Muhammad Shahbaz
    • 3
  • Hyun-Kyu Kyung
    • 1
  • Joong-Ho Kwon
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Food Science and BiotechnologyKyungpook National UniversityDaegu 41566Korea
  2. 2.Food and Bio-industry Research InstituteKyungpook National UniversityDaegu 41566Korea
  3. 3.Department of Food Science and Human NutritionUniversity of Veterinary and Animal SciencesLahore 54000Pakistan

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