Inability of E. coli to transfer antibiotic resistance on meat surfaces

Tiina Mattila, Denise O'Boyle, Alan J. Frost

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The surfaces of beef and chicken samples were inoculated with a mixture of a donor (resistant to tetracycline, streptomycin, chloramphenicol, ampicillin, neomycin and sulphonamide), and a recipient strain of Eschetichia coli. Meats were maintained at 20°C and 4°C and sampled daily. Transfer of antibiotic resistance could not be demonstrated at either temperature. The recipient strain survived without significant growth at 4°C, but failure to transfer antibiotic resistance at 20°C was considered to be due to the sessile growth of the organisms enclosed in a dense glycocalyx, precluding close contact between the organisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1309-1311
JournalJournal of Food Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1988
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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