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Processing practices contributing to Campylobacter contamination in Belgian chicken meat preparations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18947895     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to obtain insight into processing practices in the poultry sector contributing to the variability in Campylobacter contamination in Belgian chicken meat preparations. This was achieved by company profiling of eleven food business operators, in order to evaluate variation of processing management, in addition to statistical modelling of microbiological testing results for Campylobacter spp. contamination in 656 end product samples. Almost half (48%) of chicken meat preparation samples were positive for Campylobacter spp. Results revealed a statistically significant variation in Campylobacter contamination between 11 chicken meat producers across Belgium at both quantitative and qualitative detection levels. All producers provided Campylobacter-positive samples, but prevalence ranged from 9% up to 85% at single producer level. The presence or addition of skin during production of chicken meat preparations resulted in almost 2.2-fold increase in the probability of a sample being positive for Campylobacter, while chicken meat preparations made from frozen meat, or partly containing pre-frozen meat, had a significant (Odds Ratio=0.41; CI 95% 0.18:0.98) lower probability of being positive for Campylobacter. However, the quantitative results indicated that the positive freezing effect on Campylobacter count was compromised by the presence and/or adding of skin.
Imca Sampers; Ihab Habib; Dirk Berkvens; Ann Dumoulin; Lieven De Zutter; Mieke Uyttendaele
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-09-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of food microbiology     Volume:  128     ISSN:  0168-1605     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Food Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-14     Completed Date:  2009-01-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412849     Medline TA:  Int J Food Microbiol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  297-303     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Food Preservation, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure links 653, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Campylobacter / growth & development*,  isolation & purification
Chickens / microbiology
Colony Count, Microbial
Consumer Product Safety
Food Contamination / analysis*
Food Handling / methods*,  standards
Food Microbiology
Food-Processing Industry / methods,  standards*
Meat / microbiology*
Risk Assessment / methods*
Sensitivity and Specificity
Skin / microbiology

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