Screening of Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin a, b, c gene in Strains Isolated from Strawberry Farms in Western Gyeongnam

서부 경남지역 딸기 농장에서의 Staphylococcus aureus의 분리와 Staphylococcal enterotoxin a, b, c gene 검색

  • Published : 2005.04.30

Abstract

Staphylococcus aureus is spread worldwide and can result in food poisoning outbreaks. Among samples collected from soil, water, protected houses, packing houses, employees, strawberries, and leaves, and analyzed for S. aureus contamination, 16% samples 'showed S. aureus contamination, particularly on employees' hands, scissors, and strawberries. Examination of enterotoxins A, B, and C genes of S. aureus by PCR revealed sea and seb in 92 and 38% of total strains, respectively, whereas sec was not detected. In conclusion, implementation of Good Agricultural Practice is necessary for preventing food-borne diseases of staphylococcal origin, thereby ensuring the safety of farm-to-table products.

Keywords

Staphylococcus aureus;strawberry farms;enterotoxin;Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)

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