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Market Survey of Vibrio spp. and Other Microrganisms in Italian Shellfish

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A survey was conducted of Vibrio spp., Escherichia coli, fecal coliforms, and Salmonella in 644 molluscan shellfish samples marketed in the Apulia region of southern Italy. Vibrios were found in 278 samples (43%), and levels of E. coli and fecal coliforms were above the Italian legal limit in 27 and 34 samples (4 and 5%), respectively. Salmonella was not detected in any of the samples. Because the majority of the vibrio isolates were found in samples that were compliant with Italian regulations, there appears to be no relationship between the presence of microorganisms of fecal origin and the presence of vibrios potentially harmful to human health.

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Puglia e Basilicata, Via Manfredonia, 20-71100 Foggia, Italy 2: Department of Health and Animal Welfare, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Strada prov. le per Casamassima Km 3, 70010 Valenzano (Bari), Italy

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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