Bouhezza is a traditional Algerian cheese produced and ripened in goatskin bags called Djeld. The aim of this study was to characterize the microbial ecosystem from Djeld (fresh and dried Djeld for making Bouhezza cheese) and the changes introduced by Lben microflora during its preparation and to identify its role in cheesemaking and its safety. Two replicates of fresh and dried skin bags (FS and DS) were sampled and analyzed before and after contact with Lben. The microbiological results showed no pathogens. Skins observed before the addition of Lben were less populated 2.86 and 3.20 log CFU cm-2 than skins examined after the addition of Lben (approximately 6.0 log CFU cm-2), suggesting a potential role of Lben in releasing some microorganisms into the skin during its time in the Djeld. However, an increase in mesophilic lactic acid bacteria and yeasts was observed in Lben...

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