Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schilling, M. Wes

Committee Member

Smith, Brian S.

Committee Member

Soni, Kamlesh A.

Committee Member

Kim, Taejo

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Food Science and Technology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion


Marinara-type sauces were created using three natural antimicrobials, as well as two combination treatments (natamycin, propionic acid, cultured dextrose, natamycin-propionic acid, and natamycin-cultured dextrose) and two controls (sodium benzoate-potassium sorbate, no preservatives). Samples were subjected to a shelf-life study at 20 C with both non-inoculated sauce and sauces that were either inoculated with Zygosaccharomyces bailii or a cocktail of thermophilic fermentative organisms. Natamycin and Natamycin-propionic acid treatments had fewer log colony counts (CFU/g) of yeast and lactic acid bacteria than the negative control after 42 days of storage and performed as well or better than the positive control throughout the storage period. No sensory differences were detected (P>0.05) between the natamycin treatment when compared to the industry standard (positive control), but the natamycin-propionic acid treatment was different (P<0.05). Results indicate that natamycin and/or natamycin-propionic acid could be used as a natural alternative in the formulation of marinara sauce.