PRESENCE OF Listeria monocytogenes IN HEALTHY CATTLE AT SLAUGHTERING: FIRST RESULTS

  • G. Colavita | lucia.zoppi@pagepress.org DISTAAM – Università del Molise, Campobasso;, .
  • L. Vercellotti Servizio Veterinario ASL VC, Vercelli;, .
  • E. Pavoletti Servizio Veterinario ASL VC, Vercelli;, .
  • F. Chiesa Servizio Veterinario ASL VC, Vercelli;, .
  • D. De Palma Azienda U.I.S.S.15 Alta Padovana, .
  • B. Poggiana Azienda U.I.S.S.15 Alta Padovana, .
  • F. Miotello Fantoni Azienda U.I.S.S.15 Alta Padovana, .
  • R. Miotti-Scapin Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica, Patologia Comparata e Igiene Veterinaria, Università di Padova., .
  • I. Radu Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica, Patologia Comparata e Igiene Veterinaria, Università di Padova., .
  • V. Giaccone Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica, Patologia Comparata e Igiene Veterinaria, Università di Padova., .

Abstract

Listeria monocytogenes is an ubiquitous pathogen occasionally present in the intestinal tract of various animal species. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in faeces of healthy cattle at slaughtering. Listeria spp. was isolated in 18 out of 220 (8.2%) faecal samples, and Listeria monocytogenes was isolated in 3 faecal samples (1.4%). From the 220 faecal samples were also isolated 9 strains of L. grayi, 4 strains of L. innocua and 2 strains of L. ivanovii. Although limited, our results show that animal faeces can represent a source of L. monocytogenes contamination of carcasses in abattoirs and can be a potential hazard to human health.

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2010-03-13
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Listeria monocytogenes, beef cattle carcasses, slaughtering
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Colavita, G., Vercellotti, L., Pavoletti, E., Chiesa, F., De Palma, D., Poggiana, B., Miotello Fantoni, F., Miotti-Scapin, R., Radu, I., & Giaccone, V. (2010). PRESENCE OF Listeria monocytogenes IN HEALTHY CATTLE AT SLAUGHTERING: FIRST RESULTS. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 1(7), 21-24. https://doi.org/10.4081/ijfs.2010.1097