Some enterococci of food origin produce bacteriocins that exert anti-Listeria activity. Enterococci are used as probiotics to improve the microbial balance of the. Enterococci can cause food intoxication through production of biogenic amines and can be a reservoir for .. Enterococci at the crossroads of food safety. C. M. A. P. Franz, W. H. Holzapfel and M. E. Stiles, “Enterococci at the Crossroads of Food Safety” International Journal of Food Microbiology, Vol. 47, No.

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Enterococci are now among the most common nosocomial pathogens; they have been implicated as an important cause of endocarditis, bacteraemia, urinary tract, central nervous system, intra-abdominal and pelvic infections [12].

Clearly, there is no consensus crossroadx the acceptance of their presence in foodstuffs and their role as primary pathogens is still a question mark. Therefore, the presence of enterococci in fermented or non-fermented meat products appears unavoidable by present day applied technologies.

Abstract Enterococci have recently emerged as nosocomial pathogens. Aggregation substance of Enterococcus faecalis adhesion to cultured renal tubular cells.

After a period of fermentation to biologically stabilise the product, processed meats are typically salted or smoked, and for the most part eaten raw [34]. In many cases, however, enterococci are a spoilage problem also in cooked, processed xt because they are able to survive heat processing, especially if initially present in high numbers [12].

Once VRE contaminate foodstuffs, food-borne resistant strains may cause human colonisation through the food chain. Molecular characterization of vancomycin-resistant enterococci from hospitalized patients and poultry products in the Netherlands. Citations Publications citing this paper.


Enterococci at the crossroads of food safety?

In addition, there is strong evidence that enterococci causing bacteraemias commonly originate from the urinary tract.

In Europe the predominant types are Italian salami and German raw sausage with numerous national and regional variants. Because of their high heat tolerance and survival under adverse environmental conditions, enterococci can colonise diverse niches and may then serve as indicators of the teh quality of food. Therefore, the barrier separating enterococci as inoffensive contaminants from pathogens appears safett fragile.

Once ingested, ARE can survive gastric passage and multiply, thus leading to sustained intestinal carriage [48]. Showing of extracted citations.

Further studies of community transmission are also needed. The overall data on antibiotic resistance within food-associated enterococci open the question of their entering the food chain. Enterococci are not only intrinsically resistant to several antibiotics, but are also characterised by a potent and unique ability to exchange genetic material.

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Intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics suggests that treatment of infection could be difficult. Concerning gene transfer route of transmission, recent molecular studies on sequence polymorphism of Tnencoding vancomycin crosroads, within VRE enterocovci humans, pigs and poultry suggest that the primary transmission is from animals to humans and not the other way around [66].

In this review, the following topics will be covered: Antibiotic-resistant strains of Enterococcus isolated from Swedish and Danish retailed chicken and pork. Streptogamin resistance has been found in E.

Thermal susceptibility of Streptococcus faecium strains isolated from enterkcocci. Enterococci from foods Giorgio Giraffa. Occurrence of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in pork and poultry products from a cattle-rearing area of France. Recent molecular screenings of Off virulence determinants indicated that medical E.

The clinical significance of enterococci in human infections is poorly understood because of the scarcity of well-documented reports confirming their occurrence in mixed cultures. These findings suggest that a possible link between the use of avoparcin and other antibiotics used in livestock, the selection of VRE or AREand humans becoming colonised via the food chain exists. Other possible solutions should include more effective crossroavs measures for the presence and typing of enterococci in food and environmental sources in order to prevent, or at least limit, the spread of the pathogenic strains.


Enterococci can be readily isolated from foods, including a number of traditional fermented foods. Food-associated enterococci could therefore be a reservoir for antibiotic resistance. Cheeses may represent a good substrate for production and accumulation of biogenic amines, especially tyramine, from enterococci able to decarboxylate free amino acids into the matrix.

A recent epidemiological study carried out in France, which showed common pulsed field gel electrophoresis PFGE patterns in antibiotic-resistant E. A wide variety of fermented meat products is produced in many parts of the world. Modern classification techniques resulted in the transfer of some members of the genus Streptococcus, notably some of the Lancefield’s group D streptococci, to the new genus Enterococcus.

The presence of enterococci in dairy products has long been considered an indication of insufficient sanitary conditions during the production and processing of milk.

Molecular identification and diversity of enterococci isolated thee Slovak Bryndza cheese. Resistance is acquired by gene transfer systems, such as conjugative or nonconjugative plasmids crrossroads transposons.

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