Microbial, physicochemical and sensory characteristics of salami produced from Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)


  • Rossana Roila University of Perugia, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Via San Costanzo 4, 06121 Perugia, Italy, Tel.: + 39 075 585 7936 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6998-0348
  • Raffaella Branciari University of Perugia, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Via San Costanzo 4, 06121 Perugia, Italy, Tel.: +39 075 585 7936 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4428-9016
  • Sara Primavilla Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell' Umbria e delle Marche "Togo Rosati, Via G. Salvemini 1, 06126 Perugia, Italy, Tel.: +39 075343267 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5711-3685
  • Dino Miraglia University of Perugia, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Via San Costanzo 4, 06121 Perugia, Italy, Tel.: +39 075 585 7932
  • Francesca Vercillo University of Perugia, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Via San Costanzo 4, 06121 Perugia, Italy
  • David Ranucci University of Perugia, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Via San Costanzo 4, 06121 Perugia, Italy, Tel.: +39 075 585 7931 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5919-7122




game meat product, fermented meat products, food safety, textural characteristics, wildlife


The wild boar (Sus scrofa) population in central Italy has strongly increased in the last decades. The meat of the game is characterized by high-quality value and the manufacture of food products from game meat could represent a remarkable added value for the local market promoting local gastronomic specialties and traditions. Adult animals were hunted with the waiting method and the carcasses were processed into the game processing center. Five batches of salami were produced with different amounts of wild boar meat and pork meat. The microbiological, physicochemical, rheological, and sensory evaluations were performed. The microbiological analyses indicated that the salami is safe to consume as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. were undetectable in the end products. The Enterobacteriaceae count was below 3 log CFU.g-1 attesting to the adequacy of hygienic characteristics of the process. The chemical composition analyses showed lower lipid content in comparison to pork salami, while the rheological characteristics were equivalent among products. The sensory evaluation highlighted that the consumers’ appreciation of wild boar salami is comparable to that of traditional pork salami.


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Roila, R., Branciari, R., Primavilla, S., Miraglia, D., Vercillo, F. ., & Ranucci, D. (2021). Microbial, physicochemical and sensory characteristics of salami produced from Wild Boar (Sus scrofa). Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 15, 475–483. https://doi.org/10.5219/1551