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Occurrence of thermophilic Campylobacter spp. contamination on vegetable farms in Malaysia.


Chai, Lay Ching and Mohd Ghazali, Farinazleen and Abu Bakar, Fatimah and Lee, Hai Yen and Ahmad Suhaimi, Laila Rabaah and Abdul Talib, Shamsinar and Nakaguchi, Yoshitsugu and Nishibuchi, Mitsuaki and Radu, Son (2009) Occurrence of thermophilic Campylobacter spp. contamination on vegetable farms in Malaysia. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 19 (11). pp. 1415-1420. ISSN 1017-7825


The aim of the present study was to examine the prevalence of thermophilic Campylobacter spp. (Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli) in soil, poultry manure, irrigation water, and freshly harvested vegetables from vegetable farms in Malaysia. C. jejuni was detected in 30.4% and 2.7% of the soil samples, 57.1% and 0% of the manure samples, and 18.8% and 3% of the vegetable samples from farm A and farm B, respectively, when using the MPNPCR method. Campylobacter spp. was not found in any of the irrigation water samples tested. Therefore, the present results indicate that the aged manure used by farm A was more contaminated than the composted manure used by farm B. Mostly, the leafy and root vegetables were contaminated. C. coli was not detected in any of the samples tested in the current study. Both farms tested in this study were found to be contaminated by campylobacters, thereby posing a potential risk for raw vegetable consumption in Malaysia. The present results also provide baseline data on Campylobacter contamination at the farm level.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.4014/jmb.0901.0002
Publisher: The Korean Society for Applied Microbiology
Keywords: Campylobacter; Prevalence; Pre-harvest; Vegetable.
Depositing User: Khairil Ridzuan Khahirullah
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 01:09
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 01:36
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/15883
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