Comparison of three artificial digestion methods for detection of non-encapsulated Trichinella pseudospiralis larvae in pork

Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference article – Annual report year: 2009

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In a ring trial involving five laboratories (A, B, C, D, and E), three different methods of artificial digestion were compared for the detection of non-encapsulated Trichinella pseudospiralis larvae in minced meat. Each sample panel consisted often 1 g minced pork samples. All samples in each panel were derived from a bulk meat preparation with a nominal value of either 7 or 17 larvae per g (Ipg). Samples were tested for the number of muscle larvae using the magnetic stirrer method (labs A, B, and E), stomacher method (lab B), and Trichomatic 35 (R) (labs C and D). T. pseudospiralis larvae were found in all 120 samples tested. For samples with 7 Ipg, larval recoveries were significantly higher using the stomacher method versus the magnetic stirrer method, but there were no significant differences for samples with 17 Ipg. In comparing laboratory results irrespective of the method used, lab B detected a significantly higher number of larvae than lab E for samples with 7 Ipg, and lab E detected significantly less larvae than labs A, B, and D in samples with 17 Ipg. The lowest overall variation for quantitative results (i.e. larval recoveries which were outside the tolerance range) was achieved by using the magnetic stirrer method (22%), followed by the stomacher method (25%), and Trichomatic 35 (R) (30%). Results revealed that T. pseudospiralis larvae in samples with a nominal value of 7 and 17 Ipg can be detected by all three methods of artificial digestion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)341-344
StatePublished - 2009
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 1


  • Trichomatic 35 (R), Magnetic stirrer method, Stomacher method, Trichinella pseudospiralis
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