Influence of floor type during fattening on pig cleanliness and microbiological contamination of pigs and carcasses
le Roux, A.
The aim of the study was to assess the impact of cleanliness on microbiological contamination of pigs and corresponding pork carcasses. Pig cleanliness was assessed at farm and slaughterhouse using a five-point scale on 4 anatomical areas: rear, back and both flanks. Microbiological sampling was conducted by swabbing 100 cm2 on 4 sites (ham, loin, brisket, shoulder), on pigs and corresponding carcasses. On each sample, aerobic mesophilic bacteria (AMC) and enterobacteriaceae (ENC) were enumerated, and presence of Salmonella detected.