1 Division of Microbiology and Risk Assessment, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark2 National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark3 Section for Veterinary Epidemiology and public sector consultancy, Division of Veterinary Diagnostics and Research, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark4 Division of Veterinary Diagnostics and Research, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark5 National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark
The aim was to investigate the effect of addition of Novobiocin to the non-selective buffered peptone water (BPW) for pre-enrichment of Salmonella in connection with plating on modified semisolid Rappaport-Vassiliadis (MSRV). In a semi-quantitative study, the level of Salmonella following pre-enrichment of 32 presumably naturally contaminated swine fecal samples were assessed for BPW with and without addition of Novobiocin (22 mug/ml). In another experiment, a total of 400 swine fecal samples were screened for the presence of Salmonella spp., in order to compare the performance of the nonselective pre-enrichment broth with BPW made semi-selective by addition of Novobiocin. The semi-quantitative assessment of the Salmonella level showed that addition of Novobiocin in the pre-enrichment step on average increased the level of Salmonella 1.2 log dilution steps. When growth was scored at five levels, 90 samples opposed to 50 yielded a strong positive reading (+++) when Novobiocin was applied. Growth was on average 0.3 scores higher when pre-enriched with Novobiocin. The difference in growth score medians of the two methods was highly significant (Sign test; p <0.001). Despite the increased sensitivity, 13 culture-positive samples were missed when using the Novobiocin-containing BPW. In conclusion, a simple addition of Novobiocin in the BPW pre-enrichment step of fecal samples may facilitate reading and thereby detection of Salmonella on MSRV. The increase of Salmonella in the semi-quantitative study may be caused by a reduction in the number of competitive microorganisms.
Journal of Microbiological Methods, 2003, Vol 55, Issue 1, p. 249-255