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Listeria monocytogenes and ready-to-eat seafood in Spain: Study of prevalence and temperatures at retail.
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PMID:  24010619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The aim of this study was to obtain data from refrigerated ready-to-eat seafood products at retail in Spain (young eels, crabstick and smoked salmon), regarding prevalence and levels of Listeria monocytogenes, storage temperatures and the impact of transport conditions (type of bag) on the temperature of the product. The one-year surveillance period was carried out according to the EC Regulation No. 2073/2005, taking 5 units/batch and analyzing 250 samples following ISO 11290-1/A1 and ISO 11290-2/A methodologies. Low prevalence of L. monocytogenes was observed in surimi products, while 4.8% of smoked salmon samples were positive for Listeria with low levels (<10 cfu/g) and uneven pathogen distribution. A single company was responsible for 80% of the positive lots. All purchased products showed values higher than 4 °C at retail and an average increase of 2.5 °C or up to 6.2 °C was recorded when isothermal or plastic shopping bags were used for transport, respectively. To avoid noncompliance of the Food Safety Objective for L. monocytogenes in seafood RTE products more efforts from all stakeholders are needed, with special attention so as to improve control and maintenance of refrigerators at retail and to enhance consumer education regarding food safety practices.
David González; Ana Isabel Vitas; María Díez-Leturia; Isabel García-Jalón
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-07-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food microbiology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1095-9998     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2013 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8601127     Medline TA:  Food Microbiol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  374-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Microbiological Food and Water Laboratory, C.I.F.A. University of Navarra, C/Irunlarrea 1, 31008 Pamplona, Spain. Electronic address:
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