Yoshiaki Kasai

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Yersinia pseudotuberculosis was isolated from 8 (8 Rattus norvegicus) of 270 (259 R. norvegicus and 11 R. rattus) rats examined. Seasonal variation was not found in the incidence of isolations. The isolation occurred almost equally in both young and old rats. The isolated strains were determined as serovar IB in one rat, and serovar IVA in seven rats. The(More)
From July 1976 to May 1977, 270 rats (259 Rattus norvegicus and R. rattus) in Sapporo were examined for the presence of Yersinia enterocolitica in house rats. The organism was isolated in 55 rats (54 R. norvegicus and 1 R. rattus). Isolated strains were determined as O group (O)3, biovar 4; O4, biovar 1; O5A, biovar 1; and O6, biovar 1. The isolation of O3,(More)
The synergistic effects of high hydrostatic pressure (HHP), mild heating, and amino acids on the germination of Clostridium sporogenes spores were examined by determining the number of surviving spores that returned to vegetative growth after pasteurization following these treatments. Pressurization at 200 MPa at a temperature higher than 40°C and treatment(More)
A duplex quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for Clostridium botulinum types A and B was developed. The sensitivity and specificity of the assay were verified by using 6 strains of type A, 7 strains of type B, and 14 genera of 42 non-C. botulinum types A and B strains, including C. botulinum types C, D, E, F, and G. In pure culture, the(More)
Sales and consumption of ready-to-eat aseptic steamed rice products have increased manyfold in Japan over the past 10 years. To determine the safety of steamed rice (water content 60%, pH 6.5) aseptically packaged under modified atmosphere, challenge studies were performed using a mixture of Clostridium botulinum proteolytic strains (five strains of type A(More)
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