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The use of microbiological surveys to evaluate the co-regulation of abattoirs in New South Wales, Australia


Bass, C and Crick, P and Cusack, D and Locke, G and Sumner, J, The use of microbiological surveys to evaluate the co-regulation of abattoirs in New South Wales, Australia, Food Control, 22, (6) pp. 959-963. ISSN 0956-7135 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2010.12.002


In order to develop a microbiological baseline of meat produced for domestic consumption in the state of New South Wales, chilled carcases were sampled from 16 abattoirs. Aerobic Plate Counts (APCs) and Escherichia coli counts were obtained from samples taken by sponging sites specified for each species in the Microbiological Guidelines to the Australian meat standard. On beef carcases the mean log10 APC/cm2 was 2.21 and E. coli was detected on 25% of carcases (mean log positives 0.61/cm2). For sheep carcases corresponding values were 2.4, 53% and log10 -0.06/cm2, respectively. For pig carcases values were 2.81, 63% and log10 -0.23/cm2, respectively. For skin-off goat carcases values were 1.15, 27% and log10 -0.38/cm2, respectively. In the present survey, levels of indicator bacteria on carcases processed via the co-regulatory system operated in Australia were similar to those established in surveys of abattoirs that operate the traditional system overseen by government inspectors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:abattoirs survey, microbiological quality, red meat, carcases, industry regulation
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Other animal production and animal primary products
Objective Field:Livestock product traceability and quality assurance
UTAS Author:Sumner, J (Dr John Sumner)
ID Code:78361
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2012-06-22
Last Modified:2015-02-02
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