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They report their findings in the October 2008 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Y. enterocolitica is the causative agent of yersiniosis, an internal
infection resulting in diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
Predominantly considered a food-borne pathogen, most cases sporadically
occur worldwide and the source of infection is often unknown. Pigs are
believed to be a main reservoir for Y. enterocolitica with pork being
the most likely vehicle of transmission to humans. The ability of Y.
enterocolitica to multiply in foods at low temperatures as well as in
vacuum-packed containment is cause for major food safety concern and
current detection methods available are time consuming and inefficient.
In the study researchers developed and evaluated a TaqMan
probe-based real-time PCR method for detecting Y. enterocolitica in
food in one to two days. Following overnight synthetic enrichment of
samples of milk, minced beef, cold-smoked sausage, fish and carrots
with Y. enterocolitica, results of the TaqMan PCR test showed high
levels of sensitivity, robustness, precision and efficiency in
detecting the bacterium.
"A rapid and specific real-time PCR method for the detection of
pathogenic Y. enterocolitica bacteria in food, as presented here,
provides a superior alternative to the currently available detection
methods and makes it possible to identify the foods at risk for Y.
enterocolitica contamination," say the researchers.
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