Vidhya Gangar

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For many years, sanitarians have specified that hands be washed using warm or hot water to reduce cross-contamination risks, with various authors indicating temperatures between 38C and 48.9C. However, it has been suggested that these temperatures may contribute to skin damage when frequent handwashing is necessitated (in health care and food service). This(More)
The VIDAS LIS method and the traditional culture methods for detection of Listeria species in food were evaluated in a multilaboratory comparative study. The 6 foods tested were either naturally contaminated or inoculated with 3 different concentrations of Listeria. Results for each food and each contamination level with the VIDAS LIS method were as good as(More)
Vibrio vulnificus belongs to the autochthonous bacterial flora of warm estuarine waters. It can cause life-threatening extraintestinal disease in persons who have underlying illness and who consume raw shellfish or contact wounds with estuarine water. Currently, very little is known about genetic diversity within this species. In this report, we describe(More)
The SimPlate Total Plate Count (TPC) method, developed by IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., is designed to determine the most probable number of aerobic microorganisms in foods. The 24-h test was compared to the conventional plate count agar (PCA) method, the Petrifilm Aerobic Count plates, and the Redigel Total Count procedure for enumerating microflora in 751(More)
Clamped homogeneous electric field gel electrophoresis and a computer program for managing electrophoresis banding patterns (ELBAMAP) were used to analyze genomic DNA of 118 Vibrio vulnificus strains, isolated from three oysters by direct plating. Analysis with SfiI resulted in 60 restriction endonuclease digestion profiles (REDP), while analysis with SrfI(More)
The VIDAS SLM method for detection of Salmonella was compared with the Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM)/AOAC culture method in a collaborative study. Twenty laboratories participated in the evaluation. Each laboratory tested one or more of 6 test products: milk chocolate, nonfat dry milk, dried whole egg, soy flour, ground black pepper, and ground(More)
A collaborative study was conducted to compare a new enrichment procedure for the TECRA Salmonella Visual Immunoassay (TSVIA) with the reference method given in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (7th Ed.). Three food types (milk powder, pepper, and soy flour) were analyzed in Australia and 3 food types (milk(More)
A dry-film coliform count plate that is inoculated with 5 mL sample was compared with the Violet Red Bile Agar plate method in a collaborative study by 18 laboratories. Products analyzed were 2% milk, chocolate milk, cream, vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese, and cheese. Collaborators tested blind duplicate uninoculated samples and samples inoculated at low,(More)
In this study to certify the BAX for Screening/Listeria monocytogenes assay (DuPont Qualicon, Wilmington, DE), an internal evaluation was conducted on 16 food types that were simultaneously analyzed with the BAX system (BAX), and the ISO method for the detection of L. monocytogenes (ISO). No statistically significant difference in performance between the(More)
A rehydratable dry-film plating method for Escherichia coli, the Petrifilm E. coli/Coliform (EC) Count Plate in foods, has been compared with the AOAC INTERNATIONAL most probable number (MPN) method. Eleven laboratories participated in the collaborative study. Three E. coli levels in 8 samples each of frozen raw ground turkey, frozen raw ground beef, and(More)