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Listeria monocytogenes, a Gram-positive bacterium, is often found in moist conditions, including soil, surface water and decaying vegetation. L. monocytogenes is a pathogen causing listeriosis, a foodborne disease characterised by high mortality (20–40%) and hospitalisation (>95%) rates ( 1,2). Transmission to humans occurs primarily via consumption of contaminated food, mainly ready-to-eat (RTE) foods including meat and meat products (3)
Salmonella is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that is one of several organisms in the Enterobacteriaceae family. Salmonella is the most commonly reported cause of foodborne illness today, making it one of the most important tests for food processors.
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3. Demaîtrea N, Van Dammeb I., De Zutterb L. , Geeraerdc A.H., Rasschaerta G., De Reua K. ,Occurrence, distribution and diversity of Listeria monocytogenes contamination on beef and pig carcasses after slaughter. Meat Science 169 (2020) 108177