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A survey of traditional Iranian food products for contamination with toxigenic Clostridium botulinum.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20701867     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to determine the rate of Clostridium botulinum contamination in some traditional Iranian food products (cheese, kashk and salted fish) and evaluate the efficacy of the mouse bioassay method in detection of C. botulinum toxins in these foods. A total of 131 samples (57 cheese, 11 kashk and 63 salted fish) were collected and examined to determine the rate of contamination by C. botulinum. Standard monovalent anti-toxins were used to determine the types of toxin. C. botulinum bacteria were detected in 4.58% of the examined samples (1.52% of cheese and 3.06% of salted fish samples). While no contamination was detected in the kashk samples, C. botulinum types A and E were found to be dominant in cheese and salted fish samples, respectively. These results indicate-some traditional Iranian foods may be contaminated with different types of C. botulinum, and the consumption of these products, either raw or cooked, may contribute to food-borne intoxications.
H R Tavakoli; M Aghazadeh Meshgi; N Jonaidi Jafari; M Izadi; R Ranjbar; A A Imani Fooladi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-05-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of infection and public health     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1876-035X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Infect Public Health     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-12     Completed Date:  2010-11-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101487384     Medline TA:  J Infect Public Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Health School, and Health Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Assay / methods
Botulinum Toxins / analysis,  isolation & purification*
Cheese / microbiology
Clostridium botulinum / classification,  isolation & purification*
Data Collection
Fishes / microbiology
Food Contamination / analysis*
Food Microbiology
Reg. No./Substance:
EC Toxins

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