An exploratory investigation of the risk of pathogenic contamination at selected New Jersey skilled nursing and assisted living residences

Charles Feldman, Gary Nothstein, Chintan K. Somaiya, Heba Obeidallah, Elizabeth Silverthorne, Shahla Wunderlich, Nina Goodey

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Abstract

Elderly populations are vulnerable and generally have the highest incidence of morbidity related to foodborne illnesses and this problem may be aggravated in institutional or communal eating settings. The objective of this investigation was to examine the potential risk of food contamination in selected skilled nursing and assisted-living residences using bacteria indicator tests for Listeria spp., Salmonella spp. and E. coli. Of the 45 samples tested for Listeria, three (6.67 %) were found to be contaminated; Salmonella or E. coli contamination was not found in any of the samples. Reported incidents of foodborne illnesses are increasing in institutional settings, therefore there is an urgent need to collect information on practices that can prevent bacterial contamination of food served in elderly residences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-88
Number of pages4
JournalPerspectives in Public Health
Volume131
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2011

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Food Contamination
Listeria
Foodborne Diseases
Salmonella
Nursing
Escherichia coli
Vulnerable Populations
Eating
Morbidity
Bacteria
Incidence

Keywords

  • Communal eating settings
  • Eldery populations
  • Foodborne illnesses
  • Institutional eating settings

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Feldman, Charles ; Nothstein, Gary ; Somaiya, Chintan K. ; Obeidallah, Heba ; Silverthorne, Elizabeth ; Wunderlich, Shahla ; Goodey, Nina. / An exploratory investigation of the risk of pathogenic contamination at selected New Jersey skilled nursing and assisted living residences. In: Perspectives in Public Health. 2011 ; Vol. 131, No. 2. pp. 85-88.
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