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A Longitudinal Study Of The Establishment And Proliferation Of Enterococcus On A Dairy Farm, Ginger M. Shipp, James S. Dickson May 2012

A Longitudinal Study Of The Establishment And Proliferation Of Enterococcus On A Dairy Farm, Ginger M. Shipp, James S. Dickson

Animal Science Publications

Enterococci are Gram-positive, facultative anaerobic cocci. They are found in many environments (including milk and dairy products, vegetables, plants, cereals, and meats). Enterococci are considered commensal organisms, but can also be opportunistic pathogens associated with morbidity and mortality of humans and animals. A longitudinal study of antibiotic resistance of Enterococcus to ampicillin, erythromycin, and tetracycline was conducted on an academic teaching farm. Environmental samples were collected by drag swabs at select locations prior to and after the introduction of livestock. All samples were initially processed and screened with specialized media, and then replica plated on tryptic soy agar containing a ...


Assessment Of Native Languages For Food Safety Training Programs For Meat Industry Employees, Sherrlyn Sue Olsen, Joseph C. Cordray, Stephen Graham Sapp, Joseph G. Sebranek, Barbara J. Anderson, Matthew K. Wenger Feb 2012

Assessment Of Native Languages For Food Safety Training Programs For Meat Industry Employees, Sherrlyn Sue Olsen, Joseph C. Cordray, Stephen Graham Sapp, Joseph G. Sebranek, Barbara J. Anderson, Matthew K. Wenger

Animal Science Publications

Challenges arise when teaching food safety to culturally diverse employees working in meatpacking and food manufacturing industries. A food safety training program was developed in English, translated into Spanish, and administered to 1,265 adult learners. Assessments were conducted by comparing scores before and immediately following training. Scores concerning food safety knowledge and food handling behavior improved dramatically when training was conducted in the native language. Impressive gains were noted for Spanish-speaking participants who averaged 96.60% on post-training scores, demonstrating that identical food safety training programs are most successful with both English- and Spanish-speaking individuals when presented in their ...