ingredient information
Sodium Pyrophosphate
Clostridium perfringens, a foodborne disease causing bacterium which can grow in the absence of air, is widely distributed in nature and often finds its way into foods, especially processed foods. The major problem related to cases of C. perfringens food poisoning is improper holding temperatures, whether a failure to cool thoroughly after cooking or holding at too low a temperature on a steam table. This study was undertaken to determine the influence of various combinations of inhibitory factors of the food such as acidity, salt content, holding temperature, and sodium pyrophosphate (a common food additive) on the growth of C. perfringens. The data suggest that sodium pyrophosphate can inhibit C. perfringens and may provide processed meats and other pre-prepared foods with protection from this bacterium, particularly if employed in conjunction with a combination of high acidity, high salt levels, and adequate refrigeration. It is now possible for regulators and food processors to know ahead of time how changes in food composition and holding temperature will affect the growth of this disease agent