This study investigates the microbiological conditions before maturation of wild boar meat (Sus scrofa) processed in approved game handling establishments in Italy. Fillets and legquarters of 37 carcasses were tested to assess Aerobic Colony Count (ACC), Enterobacteriaceae Count (EC) and Salmonella presence. Salmonella was never found and mean values of ACC and EC were 4.67 ± 1.78 SD and 2.60 ± 1.58 SD log CFU/cm2, respectively. Both ACC and EC increased with time between evisceration and skinning, were significantly higher in fillets and when meat was processed by untrained operators. ACC also increased with boars' weight and when carcasses were cleaned with running potable water. Based on limits set by EU Regulation No 1441/2007 for pork meat, most legquarters resulted satisfactory or acceptable (59% for ACC and 70% for EC), while most fillets were unsatisfactory (76% ACC, 78% EC). Results show that the wild game meat supply chain can be a safe process when handling practices reported in European and National regulations are met.
Factors affecting the microbiological load of Italian hunted wild boar meat (Sus scrofa) / F. Orsoni, C. Romeo, N. Ferrari, L. Bardasi, G. Merialdi, R. Barbani. - In: MEAT SCIENCE. - ISSN 0309-1740. - 160(2020 Feb), pp. 107967.1-107967.5.
|Titolo:||Factors affecting the microbiological load of Italian hunted wild boar meat (Sus scrofa)|
ORSONI, FRANCESCA (Primo) (Corresponding)
ROMEO, CLAUDIA ROSA (Secondo)
|Parole Chiave:||Game meat; Boar carcasses; Food safety; Microbiological contamination; Wild boar|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore VET/06 - Parassitologia e Malattie Parassitarie degli Animali|
Settore VET/05 - Malattie Infettive degli Animali Domestici
Settore VET/04 - Ispezione degli Alimenti di Origine Animale
|Data di pubblicazione:||feb-2020|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||17-ott-2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2019.107967|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|