Level of Salmonella in Beef of Slaughtered Cattle at Peshawar

M. Aftab, A. Rahman, Muhammad Qureshi, S. Akhter, U. Sadique, A. Sajid, S. Zaman

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A research study was designed to find out the level of Salmonella contamination on cattle body coat, fresh carcasses, beef after transportation and display at butcher shops. The animals were divided into two groups i.e. washed and unwashed animals. Salmonella was found in 100 % samples. A log total viable count was significantly (P < 0.001)higher in unwashed samples as compared with washed (22.33±0.088 and 19.54±0.09) respectively. Carcasses samplesfrom unwashed animals had significantly (P < 0.001) higher log total viable count of Salmonella (24.45± 0.06) ascompared with washed animals (21.77± 0.05). Results suggested that samples collection after 6-7 hours display at shop showed higher degree of Salmonella contamination and the isolation was significantly affected by duration and washingof the samples. Abattoir floor has higher (30.36±0.08) Salmonella contamination, followed by chopper axe (22.14± 0.05)and knives (15.14± 0.09). It is concluded from the result that Salmonella prevalence was reduced in all stages of theslaughtering operations by washing with Luke warm water. However, it is recommended that washing with some sanitizer will eliminate the pathogen from body coat thus resulting in little chances of beef contamination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Animal and Plant Sciences
Issue numberSupplement No 2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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