STUDY ON N.T.G. AND ESCHERICHIA COLI CONTAMINATION OF CATTLE AND PIG CARCASSES
The total number of germs (NTG), determined during the technological flow of processing of cattle in the slaughterhouse, provided values between 4.8 - 6.8 log CFU/cm2 after the skinning stage and 3.1-5.2 log CFU/cm2 after the cooling stage.
The highest values were recorded after the skinning stage in the inner thigh region, and the lowest after the cooling stage in the chest region .
In pigs, NTG recorded higher values, between 4.2 - 5.8 log CFU/m2 after the scalding stage and 4.2 -7.1 log CFU/cm2 after evisceration. The highest values were obtained after the evisceration stage in the external region of the thigh, and the lowest after the scalding stage in the chest region.
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