The use of black pepper (Piper guineense) as an ecofriendly antimicrobial agent to fight foodborne microorganisms

Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack, Nahed A. El-Shall, Nagwa I. El-Kasrawy, Mohamed T. El-Saadony, Manal E. Shafi, Nidal M. Zabermawi, Mashaeal S. Alshilawi, Mahmoud Alagawany, Asmaa F. Khafaga, Rana M. Bilal, Shaaban S. Elnesr, Lotfi Aleya, Synan F. AbuQamar, Khaled A. El-Tarabily

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Consumers demand clean-label food products, necessitating the search for new, natural antimicrobials to meet this demand while ensuring food safety. This review aimed at investigating the antimicrobial properties of black pepper (Piper guineense) against foodborne microorganisms. The existence of foodborne illness, food spoilage, food waste, the resulting negative economic impact of these issues, and consumer interests have all pushed the food industry to find alternative, safe, and natural antimicrobials to be used in foods and beverages. Consumers have also influenced the demand for novel antimicrobials due to the perceived association of current synthetic preservatives with diseases and adverse effects on children. They also have a desire for clean-label products. These combined concerns have prompted researchers at investigating plant extracts as potential sources for antimicrobials. Plants possess many antimicrobial properties; therefore, evaluating these plant extracts as a natural source of antimicrobials can lead to a preventative control method in reducing foodborne illness and food spoilage, inclusively meeting consumer needs. In most regions, P. guineense is commonly utilized due to its potent and effective medicinal properties against foodborne microorganisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10894-10907
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Food
  • Health
  • Microorganisms
  • Piper guineense

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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