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Bacterial populations associated with meat from the deboning room of a high throughput red meat abattoir.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22060877     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Developing countries are faced with high incidences of food poisoning outbreaks, with obvious economic consequences. In highly perishable foodstuffs such as fresh red meat the threat of food poisoning is particularly intense. In this study, red meat samples were collected from a deboning room of a high throughput abattoir. The samples were analysed for the presence of Bacillus cereus., Staphylococcus aureus., Pseudomonas spp., Listeria monocytogenes., Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. The aerobic plate counts as well as Enterobacteriaceae were also enumerated. Almost without exception the counts exceeded the microbiological guidelines for raw meat as proposed by the South African Department of Health. The average B. cereus count over the sampling period was 8.32 × 10(3) cfu, g (-1), for S. aureus and Pseudomonas spp. 1.72 × 10(5) and 1.7 × 10(5) cfu g(-1) respectively and for E. coli 3.4 × 10(5) cfu g(-1). Sixty percent of the samples were positive for presumptive Salmonella spp. while 52% of the samples tested positive for the presence of L. monocytogenes. The aerobic plate and Enterobacteriaceae counts were 1.7 × 10(7) and 4.6 × 10(6) cfu g(-1), respectively. The data highlighted the need for a more systematic approach to ensuring safe food through implementing quality control methods to prevent the entry and proliferation of pathogens in meat and meat products, especially during processes with a high degree of handling, such as deboning.
Authors:
S Nel; J F R Lues; E M Buys; P Venter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Meat science     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0309-1740     ISO Abbreviation:  Meat Sci.     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101160862     Medline TA:  Meat Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  667-74     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
School for Environmental Development and Agriculture, P/Bag X20539, Technikon Free State, Bloemfontein, 9300, South Africa.
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