Risk assessment of verocytoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) in Danish pork

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2005-01-01
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Pires, Sara
Enøe, Claes
Scheutz, Flemming
Hansen, Flemming
Alban, Lis
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International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The SafePork conference series began in 1996 to bring together international researchers, industry, and government agencies to discuss current Salmonella research and identify research needs pertaining to both pig and pork production. In subsequent years topics of research presented at these conferences expanded to include other chemical and biological hazards to pig and pork production.

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Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) is recognized as a food-borne pathogen of major importance. Infection by VTEC is known to cause a wide range of symptoms, from uncomplicated diarrhoea to haemorrhagic colitis, haemolytic uraemic syndrome and death. VTEC has primarily been isolated from cattle. However, in several countries VTEC has also been isolated from pigs. The prevalence in Danish pigs remains unknown but a small-scale study indicated that is was very low (2.1%) (non-published). All isolates were VTEC types that very rarely have been associated with human disease and are considered low pathogenic VTEC.

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