|January 17, 2013
How safe is the food that we purchase from the store?
Jovana Kovacevic a PhD student in the department of Land and Food Sciences at the University of British Columbia assessed potential consumer risk by analyzing meat and fish products from Vancouver, BC.
Jovana, the winner of the ISME-8 Graduate Student Poster Award for Best Poster Presentation at the last AGM for the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, analyzed samples taken from RTE deli meat and fish from 17 stores across Vancouver. Isolates were analyzed and serotyped using PFGE, all performed according to PulseNet standardized protocol and subsequently screened for antimicrobial resistance.
Her research findings suggests that L. monocytogenes are found in RTE fish products which means consumers are at risk of acquiring listeriosis.