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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2001 Jul;18(1):81-3.

Identity and antibiotic susceptibility of enterobacterial flora of salad vegetables.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, Royal Free and University College Hospital Medical School, NW32PF, London, UK. j.hamilton-miller@rfc.ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

The enterobacterial flora from carrots (organic and non-organic) and salad vegetables has been identified and antibiotic susceptibilities determined. Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pantoea (formerly Enterobacter) agglomerans were the species most commonly found; the former was usually resistant to at least six of the antibiotics under test. Rahnella aquatilis (often producing beta-lactamase) was also found in carrots. There were no clear differences in flora from organic and non-organic carrots. Thus, uncooked vegetables are a potential source of highly resistant opportunistic pathogens.

PMID:
11463532
DOI:
10.1016/s0924-8579(01)00353-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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