Bacterial Contamination on Rubber Picker Fingers Before, During, and After Processing

J. W. Arnold
2007 Poultry Science  
Numbers of bacteria on rubber picker fingers collected from processing plants for 3 industrial processors were assessed in 3 separate trials for each plant. After 5 d in use, picker fingers were removed from the front, center, and back of an inline picker, including locations to the right and left of the processing line. Assessment indicated that the levels of bacteria present immediately after processing vary widely. Bacterial density on picker finger sections ranged from log 10 cfu = 0 to
more » ... g 10 cfu = 0 to 5.41 in 2 of the 3 processing plants from which picker fingers were obtained. Higher counts (ranging from log 10 cfu = 3.23 to 7.33) were assessed on picker fingers from a third plant. The effect of location of fingers in the picker machine on bacterial counts was tested in 2 trials at each of 2 processing plants. There was no difference between the
doi:10.3382/ps.2007-00187 pmid:18029815 fatcat:5fqstjvtk5f6biu52iuyn3emiq