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Pathogens affecting table eggs

Code: 9781838790790
Kapil Chousalker, University of Adelaide, Australia and Kylie Hewson, Australian Chicken Meat Federation, Australia

Chapter synopsis: The rise in consumption of infertile hen eggs, together with the simultaneous rise in egg-related foodborne pathogen outbreaks, indicates the importance of understanding the microflora on the eggshell and within the egg contents. Pathogenic microorganisms in a number of ways can contaminate eggs, and a range of microorganisms have the ability to penetrate the eggshell and survive in egg contents until consumption. This chapter begins with an overview of pathogen contamination of table eggs. The next section focuses on Salmonella spp., since these are considered the greatest safety threat in the consumption of eggs. Subsequent sections then discuss Campylobacter spp., other bacteria, yeasts and moulds.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0012.04
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Pathogen contamination of eggs: an overview 3 Salmonella spp. 4 Campylobacter spp. and other bacteria 5 Yeasts and moulds 6 Conclusion and future trends 7 References

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