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Cronobacter spp, C. sakazakii, desserts, eggs, PCR, 16S rRNA sequencing
The occurrence of Cronobacter spp. was investigated in table eggs and egg-based desserts obtained from retail stores. Cronobacter was isolated from 57 out of 180 (31.7%) (95% Confidence Interval [CI]: 26–43%) examined samples of eggs and egg-based desserts. The prevalence of Cronobacter spp. was significantly higher in farm eggs (67%) (P < 0.05) than in Balady eggs (23%), cream cake (27%) and small-scale ice cream (27%). Cronobacter (C.) sakazakii and C. muytjensii were the predominant isolates obtained in the present study. All C. sakazakii isolates were molecularly confirmed with higher incidence in small-scale ice cream (62.5%).
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