INDIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL, vol.81, no.9, pp.967-970, 2004 (SCI-Expanded)
Food-borne diseases are an important public health problem in most countries. In recent years, Aeromonas species (motile, mesophilic aeromonads) have been recognised as emerging food-borne pathogen in the world (Buchanon and Palumbo, 1985). These microorganisms are found primarily in aquatic environments, they can be isolated from a variety of foods, including milk and milk products, meat, poultry, seafoods (Kirov et al., 1993; Ibrahim and McRae, 1991). Also, during further transformation processes of raw meat into cooked meat products, motile Aeromonas spp. can be introduced and numbers can increase depending upon the extent of cross-contamination, and general hygienic measures. Palumbo et al. (1989) study showed its presence in almost all products of animal origin. The minimum temperature supporting growth of A. hydrophila is reported to be 4degreesC, particularly in foods which are stored under refrigeration. A number of virulence factors have been associated with these organisms and may be. responsible for their enteropathogenicity. These include the production of cytotoxins, enterotoxins and haemolysins (Kirov et al., loc. cit.). In order to estimate the risk of acquiring gastroenteritis due to the consumption of meat products, a survey was undertaken to determine the incidence of, motile Aeromonas spp. in a variety of meat products which are available from local consumer shop in Ankara.