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A pilot study on post-evisceration contamination of broiler carcasses and ready-to-sell livers and intestines (mala) with Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli in a high-throughput South African poultry abattoir.
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PMID:  17137050     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To assess post-evisceration contamination of broiler carcasses, 300 samples were randomly selected during routine slaughter in the winter of 2004. The samples originated from 50 chicken carcasses, taken directly after evisceration, as well as 25 samples from ready-to-sell packages of fresh intestines (mala) and livers. The samples were taken in batches over a period of 4 weeks to allow randomised sampling from different farms of origin. Conventional culture-based detection methods of Campylobacter spp. usually need 4-6 days to produce a result. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) used for this study took less than 32 hours. The average contamination rates with Campylobacter in both the skin and liver samples were 24%, and 28% for intestines. Chicken and chicken products, especially livers and intestines, form an integral part of the traditional diet of many Black South Africans, as they are cheap and readily available in bulk and un-chilled for direct distribution, mainly through street vending and other informal retail outlets. This sudy showed that Campylobacter spp. are prevalent in poultry in South Africa. The handling of poultry meat and products contaminated with this organism in households and the potential for cross-contamination of other foods presents a high risk of infection to consumers in South Africa. The study also emphasised the need for further research in this field.
A J Bartkowiak-Higgo; C M Veary; E H Venter; A M Bosman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the South African Veterinary Association     Volume:  77     ISSN:  1019-9128     ISO Abbreviation:  J S Afr Vet Assoc     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-01     Completed Date:  2006-12-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503122     Medline TA:  J S Afr Vet Assoc     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  114-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paraclinical Sciences, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Abattoirs* / standards
Campylobacter coli / isolation & purification*
Campylobacter jejuni / isolation & purification*
Colony Count, Microbial
Consumer Product Safety
Food Contamination / analysis*
Food Handling / methods*
Food Microbiology
Intestines / microbiology
Liver / microbiology
Meat / microbiology*
Pilot Projects
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Poultry Products / microbiology
South Africa

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