Yersinia enterocolitica

Depending on the reporting country, there is a wide range in the incidence of Y. enterocolitica organism on raw poultry. In the United States, incidence of this organism on raw broilers at retail is 27% (24). Unfortunately, there is very little information regarding the level of this organism on raw poultry. It is important to remember that not all serovars of this organism are pathogenic, but pathogenic serovars have occasionally been isolated from frozen chickens at the retail level. Unfortunately, Yersinia is a psy-chrotroph and can survive better than other gram-negative organisms under extreme alkaline conditions such as might be present on poultry treated with trisodium phosphate.

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