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Microbiological examination of cold ready-to-eat sliced meats from catering establishments in the United Kingdom.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10747227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A microbiological study of cold, ready-to-eat sliced meats from 2579 catering establishments (public houses, hotels, cafés, restaurants, residential homes and other catering premises) found that 2587 of 3494 samples (74%) were of acceptable quality, 892 (26%) were of unsatisfactory quality and 15 (<1%) were of unacceptable quality. Unacceptable results were due to high levels of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria species and/or Clostridium perfringens. Unsatisfactory results were mostly due to high Aerobic Plate Counts. The microbiological quality of cold, ready-to-eat meats was associated with meat type, premises type, management training, hygienic practices, meat supplier and length of storage. The relationship between food hygiene training and microbiological quality is discussed.
I Gillespie; C Little; R Mitchell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied microbiology     Volume:  88     ISSN:  1364-5072     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-05-09     Completed Date:  2000-05-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706280     Medline TA:  J Appl Microbiol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  467-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Environmental Surveillance Unit, Public Health Laboratory Service, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Bacteria / isolation & purification
Colony Count, Microbial
Disinfection / methods
Facility Regulation and Control
Food Handling / standards*
Food Inspection / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards*
Food Microbiology / standards*
Food Services / standards*
Great Britain
Meat / microbiology*,  standards
Residential Facilities

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