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Occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes in Artisanal Cheeses from Poland and Its Identification by MALDI-TOF MS

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Department of Food Hygiene of Animal Origin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka, 12, 20-033 Lublin, Poland
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Department and Clinic of Animal Internal Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences, Głęboka, 30, 20-612 Lublin, Poland
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Department of Epizootiology and Clinic of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Głęboka, 30, 20-612 Lublin, Poland
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Department of Veterinary Hygiene, Provincial Veterinary Inspectorate in Krakow, Brodowicza, 13b, 30-965 Kraków 69, Poland
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Academic Editor: Janet R. Donaldson
Pathogens 2021, 10(6), 632; https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10060632
Received: 15 April 2021 / Revised: 11 May 2021 / Accepted: 18 May 2021 / Published: 21 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Bacterial Pathogens)
Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen. A source of infection can be artisanal cheeses. Identification of the Listeria species is important for the protection of public health and the food industry. This study aimed to examine artisanal cheeses for the presence of L. monocytogenes and the effectiveness of the MALDI-TOF MS method in the identification of the L. monocytogenes isolates. A total of 370 samples of artisanal cheeses were examined. L. monocytogenes was found in 23 cheese samples (6.2%). The reliability of L. monocytogenes identification achieved by MALDI-TOF MS was varied, and the vast majority of the isolates (27/32) were identified only to the secure genus, probable species level. This study showed that (i) the occurrence of L. monocytogenes in the artisanal cheeses was at a higher level than that in the other EU countries, (ii) the standard of species identification of L. monocytogenes isolates from artisanal cheeses achieved by MALDI-TOF MS was not satisfactory and (iii) the presence of L. monocytogenes in artisanal cheeses remains a problem with regard to the food safety criterion and a potential public health risk. View Full-Text
Keywords: Listeria monocytogenes; artisanal cheeses; MALDI-TOF MS; food safety Listeria monocytogenes; artisanal cheeses; MALDI-TOF MS; food safety
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Pyz-Łukasik, R.; Gondek, M.; Winiarczyk, D.; Michalak, K.; Paszkiewicz, W.; Piróg-Komorowska, A.; Policht, A.; Ziomek, M. Occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes in Artisanal Cheeses from Poland and Its Identification by MALDI-TOF MS. Pathogens 2021, 10, 632. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10060632

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Pyz-Łukasik R, Gondek M, Winiarczyk D, Michalak K, Paszkiewicz W, Piróg-Komorowska A, Policht A, Ziomek M. Occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes in Artisanal Cheeses from Poland and Its Identification by MALDI-TOF MS. Pathogens. 2021; 10(6):632. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10060632

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Pyz-Łukasik, Renata, Michał Gondek, Dagmara Winiarczyk, Katarzyna Michalak, Waldemar Paszkiewicz, Anna Piróg-Komorowska, Agata Policht, and Monika Ziomek. 2021. "Occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes in Artisanal Cheeses from Poland and Its Identification by MALDI-TOF MS" Pathogens 10, no. 6: 632. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10060632

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