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Journal Article

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Prevalence of Campylobacter spp. in poultry meat and meat products imported in Republic of Macedonia  [2008]

Kostova, Sandra; Jankuloski, Dean; Ratkova, Marija; Angelovski, Ljupco; et al.

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Campylobacter spp. is leading bacterial cause of diarrhea in human population in all parts of the world. In most of the cases infection with Campylobacter spp. in humans originate from contaminated poultry meat and poultry meat products. This study was designed to estimate prevalence of Campylobacter spp. in meat and meat products imported in Republic of Macedonia. During the period of 8 months (January-August 2008) we tested 56 samples of meat and meat products (poultry meat, MDM, pork meat, beef meat and smoked beef). Samples were submitted to analysis for detection of thermo-tolerant Campylobacter spp. according to ISO 10272:1995. We determined among the analyzed samples highest prevalence of Campylobacter spp. in MDM with 84% positive samples, poultry meat with 81,8%, pork meat with 10%. We didn.t detect any positive samples in beef meat and smoked beef. Overall prevalence of Campylobacter spp. in all tested samples was 55,36%. This study shows that the high prevalence of Campylobacter spp. in tested samples and in correlation with severe symptoms in humans are reasons good enough for the producing and processing poultry meat industry and food business operators so they should take in consideration Campylobacter spp. in their risk assessment and preparation of HACCP plan. Key words: Thermo-tolerant Campylobacter spp., poultry meat, poultry meat products.

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Macedonian Veterinary Review

ISSN : 1857-7415