Hunted game birds - Carriers of foodborne pathogens

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Sauvala , M , Woivalin , E , Kivistö , R , Laukkanen-Ninios , R , Laaksonen , S , Stephan , R & Fredriksson-Ahomaa , M 2021 , ' Hunted game birds - Carriers of foodborne pathogens ' , Food Microbiology , vol. 98 , 103768 .

Title: Hunted game birds - Carriers of foodborne pathogens
Author: Sauvala, Mikaela; Woivalin, Emma; Kivistö, Rauni; Laukkanen-Ninios, Riikka; Laaksonen, Sauli; Stephan, Roger; Fredriksson-Ahomaa, Maria
Contributor organization: Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Helsinki One Health (HOH)
Veterinary Environmental Hygiene Research Group
Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Biosciences
Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa / Principal Investigator
Date: 2021-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: Food Microbiology
ISSN: 0740-0020
Abstract: Game birds may carry zoonotic bacteria in their intestines and transmit them to hunters through bird handling or through the handling and consumption of contaminated meat. In this study, the prevalence of foodborne bacteria was screened from game bird faeces and mallard breast meat using PCR. The sampling occurred in southern Finland from August to December during the hunting season. Isolates were characterized by multi-locus sequence typing. Mesophilic aerobic bacteria and Escherichia coli counts were used to assess the microbial contamination of mallard meat. In total, 100 woodpigeon (Columba palumbus), 101 pheasants (Phasianus colchicus), 110 mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), and 30 teals (Anas crecca) were screened during the hunting season. Additionally, 100 mallard breast meat samples were collected. Campylobacter and Listeria were commonly detected in the faeces and Listeria on mallard meat. L. monocytogenes of sequence types associated with human listeriosis were frequently found in game bird faeces and on mallard meat. Good hygiene during game bird handling, storing the game bird meat frozen, and proper heat treatment are important measures to minimize the health risk for hunters and consumers.
Subject: Game bird
Zoonotic bacteria
PCR screening
11832 Microbiology and virology
416 Food Science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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