COMPARISON OF TWO METHODS FOR THE DETECTION OF LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

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L. Novello *
A. Di Pinto
E. Bonerba
F Montemurro
G. Tantillo
(*) Corresponding Author:
L. Novello | lucia.zoppi@pagepress.org

Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the performance of the conventional methods for detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food using media Oxford and ALOA (Agar Listeria acc. to Ottaviani & Agosti) in according to the ISO 11290-1 to a new chromogenic medium “CHROMagar Listeria” standardized in 2005 AFNOR ( CHR – 21/1-12/01). A total of 40 pre-packed ready-to-eat food samples were examined. Using two methods six samples were found positive for Listeria monocytogenes but the medium “CHROMagar Listeria” was more selective in comparison with the others. In conclusion this study has demonstrated that isolation medium able to target specifically the detection of L. monocytogenes such as “CHROMagar Listeria” is highly recommendable because of that detection time is significantly reduced and the analysis cost is less expensive.

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