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Microbiological evaluation of dressing procedures for crocodile carcases in Queensland

Rickard, M.W. and Thomas, A.D. and Bradley, S. and Forbes-Faulkner, J. and Mayer, R.J. (1995) Microbiological evaluation of dressing procedures for crocodile carcases in Queensland. Australian Veterinary Journal, 72 (5). pp. 172-176.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.1995.tb03506...

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Abstract

Analysis of microbiological quality of crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) during the dressing procedure showed that disinfection of the skin with a foaming, chlorine-based, alkaline sanitizer before skinning reduced bacterial counts on the skin, and that dipping crocodile meat in 1.3% acetic acid solution effectively reduced bacterial levels. Reductions were in the range 51-92%, depending upon prior levels of contamination. Total bacterial counts on processed meat samples were comparable with those obtained in the beef, pork and lamb industries. Salmonellae were isolated from 14 of 72 carcasses. Most (65%) of these isolates were in Salmonella subsp. III, formerly classified as S. arizona.

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Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from the © Australian Veterinary Journal. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:Animals; disinfection; food safety; hygiene; meat; microbiological quality; crocodiles.
Subjects:Animal culture > Reptiles
Science > Microbiology > Bacteria
Deposited On:26 Mar 2004
Last Modified:26 Nov 2010 02:15

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