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PCR technique application in Yersinia enterocolitica detection in non-inspected swine

The contamination of swine carcasses and tonsils by Yersinia enterocolitica in slaughterhouses without inspection was evaluated. The conventional microbiological analysis was compared with the PCR technique of carcass or tonsil swabs, as a subsidy to the microbiological evaluation in the HACCP system. The costs of the two techniques were also calculated. Y. enterocolitica was not detected by the conventional microbiological analysis. Using the PCR, it was possible to detect this bacterium in carcass (40%) and tonsil (43%) samples. There was no difference between the positive results for the carcass and tonsil samples. The PCR showed to be a more effective, fast and economic alternative for the Y. enterocolitica detection, as compared to the conventional microbiological analysis.

swine; contamination; Yersinia enterocolitica; PCR; HACCP

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