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Occurrence of Escherichia coli O157 on hides of slaughtered cattle.

A total of 355 swabs were taken on the slaughterline from 5 areas of hide of each of 71 cattle in an abattoir in Serbia. E. coli O157 was isolated from the hides of 20 animals (28.2%). The occurrence of the pathogen was: hooves (11.3%), brisket (8.4%), rump (7.0%), neck (4.2) and flank (2.8%). Factors that had effects on the occurrence included visible dirtiness of the hide, cattleā€™s age category, geographical origin of the animals and season. This study confirmed the hide as an important potential source of related contamination of beef carcasses. Letters in Applied Microbiology 2007;46:126-31.