Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Hygienic Production Could Reduce C. Botulinum in Honey

Contamination Routes of Clostridium Botulinum in the Honey Production Environment
Environmental Microbiology, 2006 Jun;8(6):1085-94

Factors influencing Clostridium botulinum contamination in the honey production environment were evaluated in a 3-year survey…

The high prevalence of C. botulinum in soil and in samples associated with beeswax suggests the accumulation of soil-derived botulinal spores in wax. Additionally, according to Spearman's rank order correlation and multivariate analysis, production hygiene-dependent factors have a significant influence on the contamination, and thus the number and frequency of C. botulinum spores in honey could possibly be diminished by increasing hygienic level in honey production.

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