Frequency of Isolation of Campylobacter from Roasted Chicken Samples from Mexico City

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The presence of Campylobacter spp. was investigated in 100 samples of roasted chicken tacos sold in well-established commercial outlets and semisettled street stands in Mexico City. From 600 colonies displaying Campylobacter morphology only 123 isolates were positive. From these isolates, 51 (41%) were identified as C. jejuni, 23 (19%) as C. coli, and 49 (40%) as other species of this genus. All of the 27 positive samples came from one location where handling practices allowed cross-contamination of the cooked product. The results indicate that these ready-to-consume products are contaminated with these bacteria, representing a potential risk for consumers, especially in establishments lacking adequate sanitary measures to prevent cross-contamination.

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Departamento de Microbiología, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Carpio y Plan de Ayala S/N, Col. Santo Tomás, C.P. 11340, Mexico 2: Departamento de Biotecnología, CBS, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa, Mexico

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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