Bacterial surface counts and visually assessed cleanliness of carcasses from hunted roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)

P. Paulsen, F.J.M. Smulders, E. Kukleci & A. Tichy
We determined bacterial numbers on the surfaces of the body cavities of 352 hunted roe deer and related them to the location of shot wounds, visually assessed cleanliness of body cavities and time from evisceration to sampling, which coincided with time of carcass processing. Body cavities were swabbed with sterile sponges and Total Aerobic Counts and counts of Enterobacteriaceae determined by cultural microbiology (most-probable-number methods); the presence/absence of the pathogenic bacteria Salmonella sp. and Listeria...
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