Reduction of microbial contaminants on carcasses Chapter uri icon

abstract

  • 2001 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Several methods are currently being used for carcass decontamination. These methods are intended to reduce pathogen numbers. However, reduction of total bacterial populations is often used to evaluate the impact of these methods on meat safety, and pathogen reduction may not correlate with the reduction of other organisms. In contrast, when using pathogens for testing various methods of carcass decontamination, the evaluation is frequently conducted under laboratory conditions, since food processors would never allow foodbome pathogens to be brought into the plant. These laboratory conditions may not represent the conditions under which meat is obtained during normal slaughter operations. Therefore, numbers reported for bacterial reductions by different methods of carcass decontamination must be viewed cautiously when trying to determine which methods, reportedly, achieve the best results.

author list (cited authors)

  • Castillo, A., Hardin, M. D., Acuff, G. R., & Dickson, J. S.

complete list of authors

  • Castillo, A||Hardin, MD||Acuff, GR||Dickson, JS

Book Title

  • Control of Foodborne Microorganisms

publication date

  • January 2001