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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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PADILHA, Maria do Rosário de Fátima et al. Investigation of pathogenic bacteria in pasteurized type C milk sold in Recife City, Pernambuco, Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2001, vol.34, n.2, pp.167-171. ISSN 1678-9849.

In order to improve information about the microbiological quality of the milk commercially available in the city of Recife, 250 samples of pasteurized type-C milk and 50 samples of raw milk were analyzed for Yersinia enterocolitica and Listeria monocytogenes and verify the possible occurrence of Yersinia enterocolitica and Listeria monocytogenes. These bacteria can develop in refrigeration temperatures and are responsible for food-born diseases. Neither Y. enterocolitica nor L. monocytogenes were found in the samples analyzed. However, the presence of Y. intermedia and Y. frederiksenii was detected, these environmental species behave as opportunist pathogens. Through the methodology used for Listeria isolation, one isolate of Salmonella Montevideo was obtained from a sample of pasteurized milk and another isolated from one sample of raw milk. Besides these, several other bacteria species were found. It is likely that the large microbiota present in the samples and the procedures employed to destroy it could have hindered the isolation of Y. enterocolitica and L. monocytogenes.

Keywords : Milk; Yersinia; Listeria; Salmonella.

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