Samples of 3.774 adult pigs, slaughtered under federal inspection between the years of 2002 and 2004 in the county of Palmas, State of Paraná, Brazil, were examined by pooled sample artificial digestion with magnetic stirrer for a survey of Trichinella spiralis larvae. Animals proceeded from 68 counties of the three states of the South region of Brazil. The employed essay was the recommended by the European commission. The samples were formed by muscular pieces of masseter, tongue and diaphragm of each animal. No larvae were detected in the animals, indicating that T. spiralis infection does not occur in the examined swine stocks.
Trichinella spiralis; swine; inspection; artificial digestion