Seaweeds known as “Mauro” are traditionally used fresh or to prepare omelettes in Sicily (Italy). Twenty samples sold in Catania between May 2005 and September 2007 were analyzed for Escherichia coli, Total Enterobacteria, Aeromonas spp., Pseudomonas spp., Vibrio spp., and Salmonella spp. Thirty Vibrio strains were examined for the presence of the virulence genes, toxR, toxRS, tl, tdh, and trh in the genomes of the isolates. Total Enterobacteria ranged between 2.23 and 6.85 log CFU/g, and in six samples, E. coli ranged between 0.70 and 2.74 log CFU/g. Aeromonas spp. was present in samples between 1.0 and 5.90 log CFU/g, while Pseudomonas spp. ranged between 2.70 and 7.27 log CFU/g. Vibrio spp. was present in 75% of samples at values between 1.30 and 4.60 log CFU/g. The most frequently isolated species was V. alginolyticus (76.66% of isolates), of which 82.60% were positive for toxR and the remaining 17.40% of strains were positive for toxRS. V. parahaemolyticus was identified in 13.33% of strains; all were positive for toxR and, in one case, for both toxR and toxRS. V. coralliitycus was isolated in 6.66% of strains (all positive for toxR), and one was identified as V. mimicus (positive for toxRS). The results of this study suggest that there is need for stringent quality control during harvesting and distribution of Mauro.

Bacteriological investigation on Mauro sold in Catania

ZIINO, Graziella;PANEBIANCO, Antonio
2010

Abstract

Seaweeds known as “Mauro” are traditionally used fresh or to prepare omelettes in Sicily (Italy). Twenty samples sold in Catania between May 2005 and September 2007 were analyzed for Escherichia coli, Total Enterobacteria, Aeromonas spp., Pseudomonas spp., Vibrio spp., and Salmonella spp. Thirty Vibrio strains were examined for the presence of the virulence genes, toxR, toxRS, tl, tdh, and trh in the genomes of the isolates. Total Enterobacteria ranged between 2.23 and 6.85 log CFU/g, and in six samples, E. coli ranged between 0.70 and 2.74 log CFU/g. Aeromonas spp. was present in samples between 1.0 and 5.90 log CFU/g, while Pseudomonas spp. ranged between 2.70 and 7.27 log CFU/g. Vibrio spp. was present in 75% of samples at values between 1.30 and 4.60 log CFU/g. The most frequently isolated species was V. alginolyticus (76.66% of isolates), of which 82.60% were positive for toxR and the remaining 17.40% of strains were positive for toxRS. V. parahaemolyticus was identified in 13.33% of strains; all were positive for toxR and, in one case, for both toxR and toxRS. V. coralliitycus was isolated in 6.66% of strains (all positive for toxR), and one was identified as V. mimicus (positive for toxRS). The results of this study suggest that there is need for stringent quality control during harvesting and distribution of Mauro.
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