Impact of disinfectant wipes on the risk of Campylobacter jejuni infection during raw chicken preparation in domestic kitchens

G. U. Lopez, M. Kitajima, S. P. Sherchan, J. D. Sexton, L. Y. Sifuentes, C. P. Gerba, K. A. Reynolds

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Abstract

Aims: In the present study, we conducted a quantitative microbial risk assessment forecasting the exposure to Campylobacter jejuni contaminated surfaces during preparation of chicken fillets and how using a disinfectant-wipe intervention to clean a contaminated work area decreases the risk of infection following the preparation of raw chicken fillet in a domestic kitchen. Methods and Results: Using a Monte Carlo simulation of the risk of transferring Camp. jejuni strain A3249, from various surfaces to hands and subsequently transferring it to the mouth was forecasted. The use of a disinfectant-wipe intervention to disinfect contaminated surface area was also assessed. Several assumptions were used as input parameters in the classical Beta-Poisson model to determine the risk of infection. The disinfectant-wipe intervention reduced the risk of Camp. jejuni infection by 2-3 orders on all fomites. Conclusions: The use of disinfectant wipes after the preparation of raw chicken meat reduces the risk of Camp. jejuni infections. Significance and Impact of the Study: This risk assessment shows that the use of disinfectant wipes to decontaminate surface areas after chicken preparation reduces the annual risk of Camp. jejuni infections up to 99·2%, reducing the risk from 2 : 10 to 2 : 1000.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Microbiology
Volume119
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

Keywords

  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Fomite-to-hand transfer
  • Nonporous surfaces
  • Quantitative microbial risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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