Microbial spoilage of ostrich (Struthio camelus) eggs.

1. The incidence of microbial spoilage was investigated in three batches of ostrich eggs, one from Africa and two from Europe. 2. 18% to 21% of eggs in each batch were contaminated with bacteria and fungi, with the latter being found more often in eggs which contained more advanced embryos. 3. Although infertility and prolonged storage reduced hatchability… (More)