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The microbiological conditions of carcasses from large game animals in Italy
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Avagnina، نويسنده , , A. and Nucera، نويسنده , , D. and Grassi، نويسنده , , M.A. and Ferroglio، نويسنده , , E. and Dalmasso، نويسنده , , A. and Civera، نويسنده , , T.، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2012
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This study investigates the microbiological conditions of large game animal carcasses following evisceration. Carcasses of animals (N = 291) hunted in the Upper Susa Valley (Italian Alps) were analysed for pH, Aerobic Viable Count (AVC), Enterobacteriaceae, Yersinia spp., Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. After shooting, evisceration occurred within 60 min in 90.7% of animals and sampling within 90 min in 88.3% of animals. Mean pH values (5.97: ruminants; 5.77: wild boar) were similar to those of regularly slaughtered domestic species. AVC values were highest in animals shot in the abdomen. Within species, AVC and Enterobacteriaceae values did not differ across different shooting-evisceration/sampling times. However, these counts exceeded 5 and 2.5 log, respectively, in 18% of wild boar and 39% of ruminants; the highest values were detected in wild boar. No pathogens were detected in any species. These results reveal inadequate hygiene in game meat handling/harvesting, implicating the need for improved practices.
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Microbiological quality , Food safety , Game meat , hunting
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Meat Science
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