Journal of Hygiene

Research Article

Comparison of cotton swab versus alginate swab sampling method in the bacteriological examination of broiler chickens

S. Notermansa1, Valery Hindlea1* and E. H Kampelmachera1

a1 Department of Food Microbiology and Hygiene, Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands


Comparison of bacterial counts of poultry carcass skin by the cotton swab and alginate swab methods showed no differences between the two sampling methods in total counts and Enterobacteriaceae counts. Also no differences were found in Salmonella isolations.

(Received January 19 1976)


* Summer student of the university OF Manitoba, Department of Food Science, Winnipeg, Canada.