Control of the contamination of pig carcasses by Escherichia coli from their mouths.

@article{Gill1998ControlOT,
  title={Control of the contamination of pig carcasses by Escherichia coli from their mouths.},
  author={Colin O Gill and Tineke H. Jones},
  journal={International journal of food microbiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={44 1-2},
  pages={43-8}
}
Swab samples from the mouths of 40 pig carcasses all yielded Escherichia coli, at estimated log mean numbers of 2.3 per sample. Single colonies of E. coli O157:H7 were isolated from two, and single colonies of other verotoxigenic strains of E. coli from a further two of those samples. E. coli from the mouth were deposited on the surfaces of carcasses during usual, commercial carcass dressing operations for cutting open the throat and the floor of the mouth, and freeing the tongue. After those… CONTINUE READING