Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 8 No. 2

Microbiological Quality of Carcasses from Healthy Slaughtered Ostriches (Struthio camelus) in Southern Italy

N. Costanzo1, E. Sarno2 and A.M.L. Santoro2

1Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute, Universit? di Catanzaro, Viale Europa Germaneto, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy. 2Dipartimento di Scienze Zootecniche e Ispezione degli Alimenti, Universit? di Napoli, Via F. Delpino 1, 80137 Napoli, Italy.

Received on 11 June 2013 and accepted on 16 August 2013



To obtain microbiological data from ostrich carcasses at slaughter, a total of 130 samples were collected using the double wet/dry swab technique from the thigh and rib site of 65 carcasses. Total bacterial count (TBC) and Enterobacteriaceae were detected at level of 1.35 Log CFU/cm2 in the thigh site and 1.62 Log CFU/cm 2 in the rib site and 0.57 Log CFU/cm2 in the thigh site and 0.53 Log CFU/ cm2 in the rib site, respectively. Campylobacter jejuni was isolated in one rib sample (0.8%). Salmonella derby was isolated in two thigh site samples and one rib site sample (2.3%).

Keywords : Campylobacter, Carcasses, Enterobacteriaceae, Ostrich, Salmonella, Total bacterial count.