Concentrations and Tracking of Listeria monocytogenes Strains in a Seafood-Processing Environment Using a Most-Probable-Number Enrichment Procedure and Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA Analysis
Abstract:Concentrations of environmental microflora and Listeria monocytogenes were monitored at multiple environmental locations within a seafood-processing facility over the course of 6 months. Concentrations of L. monocytogenes were determined using a most-probable-number (MPN) enrichment procedure. Two floor drains had persistent low concentrations of L. monocytogenes (0.03 to >1,100 MPN/cm2). In comparison, concentrations of the other organisms in the drain were much higher (heterotrophic plate count range of 105 to 108 CFU/cm2). Concentrations of environmental organisms (heterotrophic aerobic plate counts and counts of pseudomonads, Shewanella spp., Aeromonas hydrophila, and coliforms) were not correlated with concentrations of L. monocytogenes. The 178 confirmed L. monocytogenes isolates from the MPN procedure were further characterized by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA analysis. Sixteen different banding patterns were identified, and nine of the patterns were identified from samples collected on two or more collection dates. From all locations, banding type A was observed in 98 confirmed isolates (55%). Although present, L. monocytogenes was a relatively minor component in the ecosystem of the floor drains in this seafood-processing facility.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003, USA
Publication date: March 1, 2006
More about this publication?
- IAFP Members with personal subscriptions to JFP Online: To access full-text JFP or JMFT articles, you must sign-in in the upper-right corner using your Ingenta sign-in details (your IAFP Member Login does not apply to this website). The Journal of Food Protection (JFP) is a refereed monthly publication. Each issue contains scientific research and authoritative review articles reporting on a variety of topics in food science pertaining to food safety and quality. The Journal is internationally recognized as the leading publication in the field of food microbiology with a readership exceeding 11,000 scientists from 70 countries. The Journal of Food Protection is indexed in Index Medicus, Current Contents, BIOSIS, PubMed, Medline, and many others.
Print and online subscriptions are available to IAFP Members and institutional subscribers. IAFP Members with a subscription to JFP Online will have access to all available JFP and JMFT content. Online visitors who are not IAFP Members or journal subscribers will be charged on a pay-per-view basis. Membership and subscription information is available at www.foodprotection.org.
- Information for Authors
- Submit a Paper
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- Information for Advertisers
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites