Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 4, 1997
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and Arcobacter are closely related fastidious, gram negative bacteria. In the U.S., Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of human foodborne enteritis with an estimated two million cases occurring annually at a cost of $1 billion. H. pylori is the most common bacterial infection in humans and is the major etiologic agent for chronic active gastritis. Arcobacter butzleri has been reported in cattle; few studies have described it in beef. Herein we review the evidence for considering Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and Arcobacter as foodborne agents of potential concern in beef. For each microbe, we summarize what is known, level of potential risk, and perceived importance to the beef cattle industry.