The consumption of raw milk or raw milk products might be a potential risk factor for the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Therefore, we studied MRSA growth during raw milk soft cheese-production. Furthermore, we investigated the inhibitory effect of four starter cultures (Lactococcus lactis, Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus, Lactiplantibacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus helveticus) on the growth of MRSA in a spot-agar-assay and in raw milk co-culture following a cheesemaking temperature profile. During the initial phases of raw milk cheese-production, MRSA counts increased by 2 log units. In the ripening phase, MRSA counts only dropped slightly and remained high up to the end of the storage. Comparable MRSA counts were found in the rind and core and strain-specific differences in survival were observed. In the spot-agar-assay, all four starter cultures showed strong or intermediate inhibition of MRSA growth. In contrast, in raw milk, only Lactococcus lactis strongly inhibited MRSA,...

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