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Storage effects of sewage sludge cake on the survival of Listeria monocytogenes.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of applied bacteriology
Publication Date
Volume
65
Issue
3
Pages
209–213
Identifiers
PMID: 2852665
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Sewage sludge cake is widely used as an agricultural fertilizer in Iraq. Listeria monocytogenes was shown to be present in small numbers in this material despite sewage treatments. In an attempt to reduce the numbers of this pathogen in this sewage end product, the survival of L. monocytogenes was monitored in a heap of sewage sludge cake stored for over 23 weeks on farm land. The organisms were reduced in numbers and eliminated to undetectable limits during 8 weeks of storage under subtropical weathering and did not recover even 2 months after disappearance. Dewatering processes seem to have some affect on the survival of the bacteria. Therefore, solar dewatering by heaping the sewage sludge cake and exposing it to sun for no less than 8 weeks is recommended to obtain a listeria-free product.

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