Clostridium difficile in retail ground meat, Canada

Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Mar;13(3):485-7. doi: 10.3201/eid1303.060988.

Abstract

Clostridium difficile was isolated from 12 (20%) of 60 retail ground meat samples purchased over a 10-month period in 2005 in Canada. Eleven isolates were toxigenic, and 8 (67%) were classified as toxinotype III. The human health implications of this finding are unclear, but with the virulence of toxinotype III strains further studies are required.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Toxins / metabolism
  • Canada
  • Cattle
  • Clostridium Infections / prevention & control
  • Clostridium difficile / classification
  • Clostridium difficile / isolation & purification*
  • Clostridium difficile / metabolism
  • Environmental Monitoring*
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Meat Products / microbiology*
  • Species Specificity

Substances

  • Bacterial Toxins