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Listeria monocytogenes contamination of the environment and surfaces of the equipment in the meat processing facilities in republic of Macedonia  [2007]

Jankuloski, Dean Sekulovski, Pavle Prodanov, Risto Hajrulai, Zehra et al.

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Listeria monocytogenes contamination of the environment and surfaces of the equipment was examined in seven meat processing facilities. Up to date prevalence of this foodborn pathogen in meat processing facilities facilities in Republic of Macedonia was unknown. Biofilms are composed from food spoilage microorganisms and food born pathogens. They are located on the surfaces of the equipment that come in contact with food and in facilities environment. Microorganisms in biofilm presenting micro eco system and are source of dissemination and contamination of food born pathogens in final meat products. During the preparation of this study we have covered a 7 meat processing facilities and we took a total of 39 swabs from surfaces that come in direct or indirect contact with food. Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in 10 (25,64%) swabs (locations). Prevalence of other Listeria spp. compared with total number of taken samples was 15 (38,46%) Listeria innocua, 3 (7,69%) Listeria welshimeri and 1 (2,65%) isolate Listeria seeligeri.

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Macedonian Veterinary Review

ISSN : 1857-7415