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Use of Petrifilm(R) 3M to assess coliform numbers on lamb carcasses.

Guthrie, J.A. and Dunlop, K.J. and Saunders, G.A. (1994) Use of Petrifilm(R) 3M to assess coliform numbers on lamb carcasses. Journal of Food Protection, 57 (10). pp. 924-927.

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Abstract

Petrifilm(R) (6410) was used directly on lamb carcasses to enumerate coliforms. 10 sites on 30 carcasses were sampled at each of 4 separate meat processing establishments (works). Coliform counts obtained by this technique were statistically analysed using analysis of variance (ANOVA) to select the optimum sampling sites on the carcass and to assess contamination of the carcass by gut flora at a particular establishment. There was a large variation between sites and between works. In general, works 3 and 4 produced cleaner carcasses than works 2, which in turn was cleaner than works 1. Works 1, 2 and 4 used conventional dressing techniques and works 3 used the inverted dressing method, therefore, the coliform counts found at works 3 and 4 are achievable regardless of dressing technique. Coliform bacteria were most concentrated around the posterior pelvic rim and less prevalent at the carcass extremities. The posterior pelvic rim (sites 3 and 4) had higher (P < 0.05) coliform counts than the exterior ventral flank area (sites 5, 6, 7 and 8), which in turn had higher (P < 0.05) counts than the proximal hind and proximal fore limbs (sites 1, 2, 9 and 10) across all works. With in-line routine testing it is recommended that the majority of carcasses sampled should give coliform counts of <50 cfu/20 cm2 for sites 4 and 8.

Reprinted with permission from Journal of Food Protection. Copyright held by the International Association of Food Protection, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Authors affifiation. J.A.Guthrie & K.J.Dunlop International Food Institute of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries, Rockhampton and G.A.Saunders Veterinary Public Health Division, Livestock and Meat Authority of Queensland, Emerald.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Reprinted with permission from Journal of Food Protection. Copyright held by the International Association of Food Protection.
Keywords:Petrifilm(R); coliform count; carcasses.
Subjects:Science > Microbiology > Microbial ecology
Animal culture > Sheep > Meat production
Deposited On:08 Jul 2004
Last Modified:07 Jun 2011 05:59

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