Prevalence of Bacteria and Absence of Anisakid Parasites in Raw and Prepared Fish and Seafood Dishes in Spanish Restaurants

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Title: Prevalence of Bacteria and Absence of Anisakid Parasites in Raw and Prepared Fish and Seafood Dishes in Spanish Restaurants
Authors: Sospedra, Isabel | Rubert, Josep | Soriano, José M. | Mañes, Jordi | Fuentes, Màrius V.
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación en Alimentación y Nutrición (ALINUT)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Bacteria | Anisakid parasites | Raw and prepared fish | Seafood dishes
Knowledge Area: Enfermería
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Publisher: International Association for Food Protection
Citation: Journal of Food Protection. 2015, 78(3): 615-618. doi:10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-14-362
Abstract: This study evaluated the presence of bacteria and anisakid parasites in 45 samples of raw anchovies in vinegar, a dish widely eaten in Spain, and in 227 samples of cooked fish and cephalopods served in Spanish food service establishments. Our analysis showed that, according to European and Spanish regulation, 14 to 30% of the prepared fish and cephalopod dishes exceeded the maximum allowable level for mesophilic aerobic counts, and 10 to 40% of these samples exceeded the allowable levels for Enterobacteriaceae. None of the studied samples showed evidence of anisakid parasites, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, or Listeria monocytogenes. These results indicate that application of hazard analysis and critical control points, food safety training courses, and routine inspections in compliance with current European and Spanish legislation help protect consumer health.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/53379
ISSN: 0362-028X (Print) | 1944-9097 (Online)
DOI: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-14-362
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © International Association for Food Protection
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-14-362
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