Enterococci as probiotics and their implications in food safety.

  title={Enterococci as probiotics and their implications in food safety.},
  author={Charles Franz and Melanie Huch and Hikmate Abriouel and Wilhelm H Holzapfel and Antonio G{\'a}lvez},
  journal={International journal of food microbiology},
  volume={151 2},
Enterococci belong to the lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and they are of importance in foods due to their involvement in food spoilage and fermentations, as well as their utilisation as probiotics in humans and slaughter animals. However, they are also important nosocomial pathogens that cause bacteraemia, endocarditis and other infections. Some strains are resistant to many antibiotics and possess virulence factors such as adhesins, invasins, pili and haemolysin. The role of enterococci in disease… CONTINUE READING
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