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See detailEpidemiological tools for effective surveillance of porcine cysticercosis in Africa
Goussanou, J.S.E; Kpodekon, M.T.; Youssao, A.K.I. et al

in Veterinary World (2014), 7(3), 125-134

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See detailClostridium difficile: an emerging zoonotic pathogen ?
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Avesani, Véronique et al

Conference (2013, November 21)

Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic, spore-forming bacterium that remains the main cause of nosocomial diarrhoea in humans after use of antibiotics. C. difficile has also been described in other ... [more ▼]

Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic, spore-forming bacterium that remains the main cause of nosocomial diarrhoea in humans after use of antibiotics. C. difficile has also been described in other environments outside of hospitals, such as soil, river and seawater samples (Pasquale et al., 2011) and in animals, in which it can also cause enteric disease (Songer and Anderson, 2006). The possibility of transmission of C. difficile pathogenic isolates between animals, environments and humans has been suggested (Janezic et al., 2012). In recent years, the interest in C. difficile in food and in food animals has increased, leading to studying animals as a possible reservoir and a potential risk for food borne infections linked to C. difficile. Studies in various countries have determined differences in the prevalence of C. difficile in animals just before slaughter (Houser et al., 2012; Rodriguez et al., 2012) as well as in retail meat (Houser et al., 2012). In addition, many types, including PCR-ribotype 078, are present in humans, animals and meat (Janezic et al.; Weese et al., 2009). The objective of this study was to evaluate the presence of C. difficile at the slaughterhouse and in retail meat. Intestinal and carcass samples were collected from pigs and cattle at a single slaughterhouse. Raw meat (beef and pork) was obtained from the retail trade. C. difficile was isolated in 1% and 9.9% of the pig and cattle intestinal contents and in 7.9% and 7% of cattle and pig carcass samples respectively. From retail meat, C. difficile was recovered from 2.3% of the beef samples and from 4.7% of the pork samples. A total of 21 different PCR-ribotypes were identified with a large percentage of types 078 and 014. This study confirms that animals are carriers of C. difficile at slaughter, and that carcass contamination occurs inside the slaughterhouse. Furthermore the results obtained also reveal the presence of toxigenic C. difficile in retail meat in Belgium with a predominance of isolates correlated with the PCR-ribotypes involved in human C. difficile infections. [less ▲]

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See detailASSOCIATION OF CLASSICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND TARGETED METAGENOMIC ANALYSIS TO EVALUATE THE PRESENCE OF CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE IN A BELGIAN NURSING HOME
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2013, October 22)

Increasing age, several co-morbidities, environmental contamination, antibiotic exposure and other intestinal perturbations appear to be the greatest risk factors for C. difficile infection (CDI ... [more ▼]

Increasing age, several co-morbidities, environmental contamination, antibiotic exposure and other intestinal perturbations appear to be the greatest risk factors for C. difficile infection (CDI). Therefore, elderly care home residents are considered particularly vulnerable to CDI. The main objective of this study was to evaluate and follow the prevalence of C. difficile in a Belgian nursing home. During a 4-month period, stool samples from a group of 23 elderly care home residents were collected weekly. A C. difficile microbiological detection scheme was performed along with an overall microbial biodiversity study of the faeces content by Targeted Metagenomic analysis. Surfaces and diary meals were also sampled in order to determinate the possible role of environmental and food contamination in the acquisition of CDI. Culture of samples was performed in a selective medium cycloserine cefoxitin fructose cholate. An identification of the isolated colonies was done by PCR detection of tpi, tcdA, tcdB and cdtA genes. Toxic activity was confirmed by a cytotoxic immunoassay. Further characterization was performed by PCR ribotyping. The Metagenomic analysis was targeted on the v1-v3 hyper-variable region of 16S rDNA. The taxonomical assignment of the populations was performed with MOTHUR and Blast algorithms. C. difficile was not detected in any of the tested meals or surfaces samples. For the stools samples, 6 of the 23 controlled residents were identified as C. difficile carriers. The isolates belonged to 4 different PCR ribotypes, including types 020 and 027. This unique association of classical microbiology protocol with pyrosequencing allowed to follow C. difficile in patients and to identify several other bacterial populations whose abundance is correlated with C. difficile. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial distribution and risks factors of porcine cysticercosis in southern Benin based meat inspection records
Goussanou, S. E.; Kpodekon, T. M.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in International Research Journal of Microbiology (2013), 4(8), 188-196

Porcine cysticercosis, which is widely distributed in Africa, causes financial losses and diseases among humans. To control the disease in an area, it is important to know the geographical distribution ... [more ▼]

Porcine cysticercosis, which is widely distributed in Africa, causes financial losses and diseases among humans. To control the disease in an area, it is important to know the geographical distribution. In this study, spatial distribution of porcine cysticercosis in southern Benin was performed. By using the number of partial organ seizures at meat inspection, the study has revealed high risks of porcine cysticercosis in administrative districts of Aplahoue, Dogbo, Klouekanme and Lokossa. The proportion of seizures ranged from 0.06% for neck muscles to 0.69% for tongues. Spatial analysis of carcass seizure frequencies revealed Akpro Misserete, Avrankou, Dangbo, Porto-Novo, Ifangni and Aguegues as the most likely clusters (P<0.001) for porcine cysticercosis distribution. The risk factor found to be associated with the porcine distribution was the Taenia solium cysticerci positive testing using lingual examination by butchers and retailers. Catching of pig within the Zou and Mono department and pigs directly purchased by the butcher were found protective factors for distribution of porcine cysticercosis in southern Benin. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrospective Analysis of a Listeria monocytogenes Contamination Episode in Raw Milk Goat Cheese Using Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment tools
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Ellouze, Mariem; Yde, Marc et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2012), 75(12), 2122-2135

In 2005, the Belgian authorities reported a Listeria monocytogenes contamination episode in cheese made from raw goat's milk. The presence of an asymptomatic shedder goat in the herd caused this ... [more ▼]

In 2005, the Belgian authorities reported a Listeria monocytogenes contamination episode in cheese made from raw goat's milk. The presence of an asymptomatic shedder goat in the herd caused this contamination. On the basis of data collected at the time of the episode, a retrospective study was performed using an exposure assessment model covering the production chain from the milking of goats up to delivery of cheese to the market. Predictive microbiology models were used to simulate the growth of L. monocytogenes during the cheese process in relation with temperature, pH, and water activity. The model showed significant growth of L. monocytogenes during chilling and storage of the milk collected the day before the cheese production (median increase of 2.2 log CFU/ml) and during the addition of starter and rennet to milk (median increase of 1.2 log CFU/ml). The L. monocytogenes concentration in the fresh unripened cheese was estimated to be 3.8 log CFU/g (median). This result is consistent with the number of L. monocytogenes in the fresh cheese (3.6 log CFU/g) reported during the cheese contamination episode. A variance-based method sensitivity analysis identified the most important factors impacting the cheese contamination, and a scenario analysis then evaluated several options for risk mitigation. Thus, by using quantitative microbial risk assessment tools, this study provides reliable information to identify and control critical steps in a local production chain of cheese made from raw goat's milk. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrospective analysis of a listeria monocytogenes contamination episode in raw milk goat cheese using quantitative microbial risk assessment tools
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Ellouze, M.; Yde, M. et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2012), 75(12), 2122-2135

In 2005, the Belgian authorities reported a Listeria monocytogenes contamination episode in cheese made from raw goat's milk. The presence of an asymptomatic shedder goat in the herd caused this ... [more ▼]

In 2005, the Belgian authorities reported a Listeria monocytogenes contamination episode in cheese made from raw goat's milk. The presence of an asymptomatic shedder goat in the herd caused this contamination. On the basis of data collected at the time of the episode, a retrospective study was performed using an exposure assessment model covering the production chain from the milking of goats up to delivery of cheese to the market. Predictive microbiology models were used to simulate the growth of L. monocytogenes during the cheese process in relation with temperature, pH, and water activity. The model showed significant growth of L. monocytogenes during chilling and storage of the milk collected the day before the cheese production (median increase of 2.2 log CFU/ml) and during the addition of starter and rennet to milk (median increase of 1.2 log CFU/ml). The L. monocytogenes concentration in the fresh unripened cheese was estimated to be 3.8 log CFU/g (median). This result is consistent with the number of L. monocytogenes in the fresh cheese (3.6 log CFU/g) reported during the cheese contamination episode. A variance-based method sensitivity analysis identified the most important factors impacting the cheese contamination, and a scenario analysis then evaluated several options for risk mitigation. Thus, by using quantitative microbial risk assessment tools, this study provides reliable information to identify and control critical steps in a local production chain of cheese made from raw goat's milk. © International Association for Food Protection. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a quantitative risk assessment for cheese made from raw goat milk contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Ellouze, Mariem; Clinquart, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2011, September)

A retrospective study was performed to assess the potential risk of human listeriosis following a contamination by L. monocytogenes of cheeses made from goat raw milk reported by the Belgian Federal ... [more ▼]

A retrospective study was performed to assess the potential risk of human listeriosis following a contamination by L. monocytogenes of cheeses made from goat raw milk reported by the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain in 2005. The source of the contamination was related to a shedder goat, excreting 2.6 log cfu (colonies forming units) L. monocytogenes / ml without any clinical symptom. On the basis of the collected data, a quantitative microbial risk assessment model was developed covering the production chain from the milking of goats until the consumed products. Predictive microbiology models were used to simulate the growth of L. monocytogenes during the process of cheeses made from goat raw milk. The modular exposure assessment model showed a significant growth of L. monocytogenes during chilling and storage of the milk collected the day before the cheese production (increase of 1.7 log cfu/ml for the median) and during the step of starter and rennet adjunction to milk (increase of 0.8 log cfu/ml for the median). The median estimated final result (in the fresh cheese) was equal to 3.5 log cfu/g. The model estimates (expressed as median final result issued from the exposure assessment) were realistic compared to the number of L. monocytogenes measured in the fresh cheese (3.6 log cfu/g) reported during the cheese contamination period. The average number of expected cases of human listeriosis was between 0 and 1 for a high-risk sub-population and 0 for a low-risk healthy sub-population. Scenario analysis was finally performed to identify the most significant factors and aid in developing priorities for risk mitigation. Thus, by using quantitative risk assessment and predictive microbiology models, this study provided valuable information to identify and to control critical steps in a local production chain of goat cheese made from raw milk. [less ▲]

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See detailCase study of contamination by Listeria monocytogenes in raw goat milk cheese: development of a quantitative risk assessment model of the production chain
Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Daube, Georges ULg

Conference (2011, August 03)

Introduction: Quantitative Risk assessment could be applied in industries as a tool to control and manage the safety of food products. Purpose: A contamination by Listeria monocytogenes of cheeses made ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Quantitative Risk assessment could be applied in industries as a tool to control and manage the safety of food products. Purpose: A contamination by Listeria monocytogenes of cheeses made from raw milk was reported by the Belgian food agency. This contamination was caused by the presence of an asymptomatic “shedder” goat in the herd. With field and laboratory collected data, a quantitative risk assessment model of the production chain was developed. Methods: A modular risk model was built to simulate the food production pathway covering the milking of goats until the final product for the customers. A dynamic square root model was used to predict the growth rate in relation with the temperature, the pH and the water activity along the production chain with predictive microbiology modules. Results: The shedder goat was identified from the herd and milk samples were taken from the two different parts of the mammary gland with 2.6 log cfu (colonies forming units) Listeria monocytogenes/ml for the right part and absence in 25 ml for the left part of the mammary gland. Numbering of Listeria monocytogenes was carried out on the final products with 3.6 log cfu/g in the fresh not ripened cheeses. The modular risk assessment shows a significant growth of Listeria monocytogenes during chilling and storage of the milk collected the day before the cheese production (increase of 0.6 log cfu/ml) and during adjunction of ferment and rennet to milk (increase of 0.8 log cfu/ml). The model confirms the results obtained in the final products. Significance: The modular risk model gives valuable informations to identify and to control critical steps in the food production chain of goat cheese made from raw milk. Only one shedder goat can cause a high risk to become ill for the consumers of contaminated products. [less ▲]

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See detailSalmonella surveillance and control at post harvest in the Belgian pork meat chain.
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Food Microbiology (2009), 26

Salmonella remains the primary cause of reported bacterial food borne disease outbreaks in Belgium. Pork and pork products are recognized as one of the major sources of human salmonellosis. In contrast ... [more ▼]

Salmonella remains the primary cause of reported bacterial food borne disease outbreaks in Belgium. Pork and pork products are recognized as one of the major sources of human salmonellosis. In contrast with the primary production and slaughterhouse phases of the pork meat production chain, only a few studies have focussed on the post-harvest stages. The goal of this study was to evaluate Salmonella and Escherichia coli contamination at the Belgian post-harvest stages. E. coli counts were estimated in order to evaluate the levels of faecal contamination. The results of bacteriological analysis from seven cutting plants, four meat-mincing plants and the four largest Belgian retailers were collected from official and self-monitoring controls. The prevalence of Salmonella in the cutting plants and meat-mincing plants ranged from 0% to 50%. The most frequently isolated serotype was Salmonella typhimurium. The prevalence in minced meat at retail level ranged from 0.3% to 4.3%. The levels of Salmonella contamination estimated from semi-quantitative analysis of data relating to carcasses, cuts of meat and minced meat were equal to 3.40 2.04 log CFU/cm2, 2.64 1.76 log CFU/g and 2.35 1.09 log CFU/g, respectively. The E. coli results in meat cuts and minced meat ranged from 0.21 0.50 to 1.23 0.89 log CFU/g and from 1.33 0.58 to 2.78 0.43 log CFU/g, respectively. The results showed that faecal contamination still needs to be reduced, especially in specific individual plants. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Salmonelles au niveau de la production primaire de porcs.
Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Daube, Georges ULg

Article for general public (2008)

La problématique des Salmonella spp. en filière animale, quelle que soit la spéculation envisagée, apparaît simple. De nombreux guides et ouvrages y ont été consacrés et, en théorie, il semble aisé de ... [more ▼]

La problématique des Salmonella spp. en filière animale, quelle que soit la spéculation envisagée, apparaît simple. De nombreux guides et ouvrages y ont été consacrés et, en théorie, il semble aisé de s’en débarrasser ou d’empêcher son introduction dans un élevage ou dans un atelier d’engraissement. En pratique, toutefois, la situation est différente et il est constaté que le micro-organisme peut contaminer la chaîne alimentaire en de multiples endroits, que ce soit au stade de la production primaire, dans le secteur abattage et transformation ou bien chez le consommateur. Pour arriver à développer une filière porcine « Salmonella-free », il faut une collaboration complète de tous les acteurs d’une filière, ce qui signifie qu’elle doit être intense et soutenue dans le temps. [less ▲]

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See detailSalmonella dans la filière porcine : de l'abattoir au consommateur
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Daube, Georges ULg

Article for general public (2008)

Suite aux accords internationaux et à la modification de la législation européenne, l’analyse de risque est devenue une démarche systématique pour la maîtrise de la sécurité de la chaîne alimentaire ... [more ▼]

Suite aux accords internationaux et à la modification de la législation européenne, l’analyse de risque est devenue une démarche systématique pour la maîtrise de la sécurité de la chaîne alimentaire. L’analyse de risque permet de donner des réponses concrètes aux responsables de la santé, aux vétérinaires et aux industriels. Cette discipline permet de déterminer le risque pour une population donnée face à un danger, d’estimer le nombre de cas liés suite à l’ingestion d’une denrée contaminée, de simuler les conséquences d’un accident dans la chaîne alimentaire et de présenter les mesures de prévention efficaces. Elle permet également de proposer des scénarii possibles afin de réduire le nombre de cas et les coûts associés, d’évaluer l’effet de l’implémentation de mesures de gestion comme des critères de performance (par exemple des niveaux admissibles de contamination microbienne) ou des critères de traitement (par exemple une durée ou une température à une étape donnée), etc. L’analyse de risque peut être un guide quantitatif utile pour les prises de décision si elle s'appuie sur des études scientifiques solides et si elle est complétée par des décisions industrielles, sociales et politiques qui prennent en compte les limites de cette méthode. Actuellement, le Département des Sciences des Denrées alimentaires de la Faculté Vétérinaire de l’Université de Liège associés avec d’autres partenaires réalisent une évaluation quantitative de risque concernant Salmonella dans la filière porcine (projet METZOON). Le modèle développé simule la contamination par Salmonella de l’ensemble de la filière à partir de l’élevage de porc jusqu’à la consommation de la viande par la population. Le modèle fait appel aux résultats des plans de surveillance de l’AFSCA et à l’ensemble des études réalisées en Belgique sur les salmonelles dans la filière porcine. Plusieurs industriels ont également collaboré à cette étude. Le but est d’identifier les actions ayant le plus d’efficacité pour réduire la contamination de la chaîne alimentaire. En conclusion, le nombre de salmonelloses humaines a diminué ces dernières années en Belgique. L’implémentation des méthodes HACCP et des bonnes pratiques d’hygiène dans l’industrie, une meilleure surveillance des aliments par les autorités publiques, les campagnes de vaccination des poules pondeuses en production primaire sont les raisons essentielles de la diminution. Mais l’ensemble des acteurs de la filière doivent être conscients de leur responsabilité dans le but d’obtenir une viande indemne de salmonelles. Les bonnes pratiques de fabrication doivent être respectées tout au long de la chaîne de production, en accord avec les principes HACCP, avec des contrôles fréquents sur tous les points critiques. Une traçabilité complète de l’origine de la viande ou des produits de viande est nécessaire pour permettre aux autorités publiques et aux épidémiologistes d’établir l’origine d’épidémies et ainsi réagir au plus vite. Ce n’est qu’avec une collaboration continue de tous les acteurs que nous pourrons produire une viande sans salmonelles. [less ▲]

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See detailL'évaluation quantitative du risque microbiologique: revue de trois modèles liés à Salmonella dans les aliments.
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2008), 152

Following international agreements and european legislation, risk analysis has become a systematic approach to control the food chain safety. The microbial risks in the food chain and their consequences ... [more ▼]

Following international agreements and european legislation, risk analysis has become a systematic approach to control the food chain safety. The microbial risks in the food chain and their consequences for public health can be assessed and managed more effectively. This paper gives a general description of the risk analysis principles based on the Codex Alimentarius commission. This work highlights the advantages and disadvantages of risk analysis and also treats the problems to achieve a complete “farm to fork” model. Salmonella in different food types is taken as an example to illustrate quantitative risk assessment. Two models concerning eggs and broiler chickens developed by the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization consortium and a third model concerning pigs developed by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency of the United Kingdom are described. An analysis of the methods used for the construction of these two models is also presented. The interest of these three models is that they also include risk management options to limit the spread of food-borne infections. They also describe the final risk for a population following consumption of foodstuffs. These models are valuable tools for health officials but also for feed industry. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la variabilité de la qualité de la viande de porc par analyse en composantes principales
Leroy, Bernadette ULg; Etienne, Grégory; China, Bernard et al

in Sciences des Aliments (2008), 28(6), 451-468

Study of the variability of pork quality by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) Principal component analysis (PCA) was performed to study the relationships between technological, organoleptic ... [more ▼]

Study of the variability of pork quality by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) Principal component analysis (PCA) was performed to study the relationships between technological, organoleptic, microbiological and zootechnic variables, measured on 264 pigs belonging to different Belgian production systems. The four first principal components explained 63 % of the total variability. The variables such as the pH, the electrical conductivity, the brightness and the color of meat presented the best correlation with the first principal component whereas the variables such as the E. coli Count and the Total Viable Count measured on the carcass, the hot carcass weight and the cooking loss of meat presented the best correlation with the second principal component. The first principal component was defined as an axis of technological and organoleptic quality whereas the second was defined as a microbiological axis. PCA allowed to differentiate two groups in terms of technological and organoleptic properties. A group including samples belonged to the first quality production chain and a part of samples belonged to the second was separated from the principal group by a lower pH, measured 45 minutes post mortem, and a paler meat. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk factors for Salmonella and hygiene indicators in the 10 largest Belgian pig slaughterhouses.
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Desadeleer, L.; Bollaerts, Kaatje et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2008), 77

A survey was conducted to collect data on Salmonella prevalence, Escherichia coli counts (ECCs), and aerobic bacteria colony counts (ACCs) on pig carcasses after chilling at the 10 largest Belgian pig ... [more ▼]

A survey was conducted to collect data on Salmonella prevalence, Escherichia coli counts (ECCs), and aerobic bacteria colony counts (ACCs) on pig carcasses after chilling at the 10 largest Belgian pig slaughterhouses during 2000 through 2004. Potential risk factors of contamination associated with production parameters, technical descriptions of the installations, and cleaning and disinfection methods were assessed during investigations in the slaughterhouses. These variables were used first in a univariate analysis and then were extended to a multivariate analysis with a logistic mixed regression model for Salmonella and a linear mixed model for ECCs and ACCs with slaughterhouses as the random effect. The results indicated high variability concerning Salmonella contamination among the 10 slaughterhouses, with prevalence ranging from 2.6 to 34.3% according to the area of origin. The median ECC and median ACC ranged from 0.43 to 1.11 log CFU/cm2 and from 2.37 to 3.65 log CFU/cm2, respectively. The results of the logistic and linear regressions revealed that some working practices such as scalding with steam, second flaming after polishing, and complete cleaning and disinfection of the splitting machine several times a day were beneficial for reducing Salmonella prevalence, ECCs, and ACCs. Changing the carcass hooks just before chilling, using water as the cleaning method, and a higher frequency of disinfection of the lairage seemed to be protective against E. coli in the multivariate mixed linear model. The monitoring of critical points, slaughterhouse equipment, good slaughtering practices, and effective washing and disinfection are the keys to obtaining good microbiological results. [less ▲]

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See detailBegian Surveillance Plans to Assess Changes in Salmonella Prevalence in Meat Production Stages.
Ghafir, Yasmine; China, Bernard; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg et al

Article for general public (2006)

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See detailUse of a serological approach for prediction of Salmonella status in an integrated pig production system
Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Degeye, Jean-Noel; Etienne, Grégory et al

in International Journal of Food Microbiology (2006), 108(2), 246-254

Relevance of a Salmonella serological detection technique was studied from complete results obtained from 9 pigs fattening units. Feces and overshoes were sampled at different periods after starting ... [more ▼]

Relevance of a Salmonella serological detection technique was studied from complete results obtained from 9 pigs fattening units. Feces and overshoes were sampled at different periods after starting fattening (2, 3 and 4 months) while caecal contents were taken on the slaughter line. The bacteriological technique used was based on a Diasalm enrichment and a commercial test was used for serology on an average of ten animals per batch. The aim of this work was to establish a correlation between serological results obtained at slaughter (10 samples/batch) and bacteriological results. In this context, two types of logistic regression models were tested by considering alternatively serology and Salmonella detection in caecal contents as the dependent variables. Firstly, beside the fact that all logistic regression models show weak correlations, the first finding was that positive results in overshoes taken at 2 and 3 months are slightly correlated with serological status of herds (odds-ratios of 4.96 and 2.55). Secondly, when batches were characterized as positive on the basis of serological results, the probability of Salmonella recovery in caecal contents was higher than when the batches were considered as negative (odds-ratios comprised between 4.36 and 5.81). A major conclusion is that serology can be used to follow the improvement of an integrated pig production system, but is not the unique solution for assessing risk of Salmonella shedding from specific herds. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of four different methods for Salmonella detection in fecal samples of porcine origin
Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Degeye, Jean-Noel; Etienne, Grégory et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2004), 67(10), 2158-2164

Performances of four detection methods were evaluated for recovery of Salmonella spp. in naturally contaminated fecal specimens of porcine origin. The NMKL 71 method consisted of enrichment in Rappaport ... [more ▼]

Performances of four detection methods were evaluated for recovery of Salmonella spp. in naturally contaminated fecal specimens of porcine origin. The NMKL 71 method consisted of enrichment in Rappaport-Vassiliadis broth and plating on xylose-lysine-desoxycholate medium, whereas the SP-VG-M002 method relied on a Diasalm enrichment followed by streaking on xylose-lysine-tergitol 4 agar (XLT-4). The VIDAS SLM method was composed of double enrichment in Muller-Kauffmann tetrathionate broth and in M broths before processing in a VIDAS device. lf the results were positive, the VIDAS ICS immunoenrichment was performed and the result transferred onto three different selective media. The VIDAS ICS protocol is an immunoconcentration step followed by plating on XLT-4. Seventy-eight samples were tested with all four methods simultaneously, leading to 34 positive samples with at least one method. For this assay, VIDAS SLM revealed 31 positive samples (91.2%), whereas the average positive percentage of the three other methods was 37.3% (P < 0.001). Two-paired comparisons with the VIDAS SLM method were also performed. McNemar values were systematically highly significant (P < 0.001). The proportion of agreement was significantly inferior (P < 0.05) for the comparison of VIDAS ICS and VIDAS SLM (68.7%) compared with the two other paired comparisons (average percentage, 81.5%). The conclusion reached by this trial is that VIDAS SLM significantly improves the recovery of Salmonella in naturally contaminated fecal specimens. For the paired-comparisons, NMKL 71 and SP-VG-M002 were comparable in terms of efficiency, whereas the VIDAS ICS protocol, as established by the manufacturer for food samples only, seemed less efficient than the other two. [less ▲]

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See detailPork quality as related to halothane genotype and slaughter conditions in a belgian study
Leroy, Bernadette ULg; Beduin, Jean-Marie; Etienne, Grégory et al

in Proceedings of the 50th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (2004, August)

The objectives of this study were to evaluate technological and organoleptic properties of pork meat representative of different Belgian production systems and to determine the contribution of significant ... [more ▼]

The objectives of this study were to evaluate technological and organoleptic properties of pork meat representative of different Belgian production systems and to determine the contribution of significant factors to meat quality variability, in particular the halothane genotype, fasting time, lairage time and slaughtering plant. A total of 521 pigs were used in five Belgian commercial slaughtering plants over a 1 ½ year period. 79% of pigs belonged to four different quality production systems. The remaining 21% were randomly sampled in standard production. The lairage time (LT) was measured at slaughter. In the slaughterline, the entire intestinal tractus (OW) and the carcass (HCW) were weighed, the pH1 and electrical conductivity (PQM1) were measured 45 min post mortem in the longissimus dorsi muscle. One 2.5 cm thick cut of this muscle was removed 24h post mortem for further measurements in the lab : ultimate pH (pHu), ultimate electrical conductivity (PQMu), color (CIE L*a*b*), drip loss (DL), cooking loss (CL) and tenderness (WBPSF). The halothane genotype (CC, CT and TT for homozygote negative, heterozygote negative and homozygote positive for the RYR1 gene mutation respectively). The data were analyzed using SAS and the General Linear Model (GLM) SAS procedure was used in order to estimate the influence of halothane genotype, LT and slaughterhouse on the variability of pH1, PQM1, pHu, PQMu, drip loss, cooking loss, CIE Lab and WBPSF. The relative weight of OW on HCW was included in the models as covariate and used as inverse indicator of the fasting time. Least Squares Means (LSM) were computed for significant effect in the models and compared pairwise by the Student’s t-test. A large variation was observed for the meat quality parameters, in particular for pH1 (from 5.30 to 6.85), DL (from 1.2 to 11.4%) and CIE L* (from 41.6 to 66.4%). The lowest values for pH1 and highest values for DL or CIE L* indicated the presence of pale, soft, exudative meat. For all parameters –except for the pHu, CL and WBPSF– a moderate to great part of variation was explained by the GLM models (R² = 0.22-0.56). The halothane genotype effect was highly significant (p<0.001) on most meat quality traits : pH1, PQM1, PQMu and color parameters (CIE Lab) but not significant on pHu and CL. The LT had a highly significant influence only on PQMu, CIE b and DL. There was a highly significant effect (p<0.01) of the slaughtering plant on pH1, PQM1, PQMu and color parameters (CIE Lab) and a significant influence (p<0.01) on the variability of DL and CL. By contrast, the fasting time had no effect on most meat quality parameters except on DL (p<0.01) and CL (p<0.001). As indicated by the regression coefficient, an increase of OW/hot HCW seems to be related to an increase of DL (p<0.01) or CL (p<0.001). From the halothane genotype Least Squares Means and their standard errors, it appeared that meat quality was negatively affected by the presence of the RYR1 mutation. DL differed significantly (p<0.05) between genotypes with the TT pigs having the highest DL (6.8%) while that of the CC (5.5%) was the lowest and that of CT intermediate (6.1%). CL was also significantly higher (p<0.05) in TT pigs indicating lower water holding capacity. Significant differences between CC and TT genotypes (p< 0.05) were observed in terms of pH1 (6.12 vs 5.69), PQM1 (4.9 vs 6.4) and PQMu (9.7 vs 12.7). The CIE L and b values (56.9% and 16.6) were significantly higher (p<0.05) in the TT group comparatively to CC (55.0% and 15.8%) or CT pigs (54.6% and 15.4). The higher L value of the TT genotypes indicated paler meat. The WBPSF was the lowest for CT pigs with no significant difference observed between the CC and TT genotypes. A significant effect (p<0.05) of the abattoir was observed for all meat quality parameters. Although it would be necessary to determine the reasons for abattoirs differences, the small and old structure of one of the abattoirs and the lack of training of the staff could partially explain the results. Further research is needed to evaluate the interaction terms and to identify slaughtering factors which could explain slaughterhouse differences in terms of meat quality. [less ▲]

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