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Volume 18, Number 8—August 2012


Hepatitis E Virus in Pork Food Chain, United Kingdom, 2009–2010

Alessandra Berto, Francesca Martelli, Sylvia Grierson, and Malcolm BanksComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge, UK

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Table 1

Surfaces sampled to investigate hepatitis E virus in the pork food chain, United Kingdom, 2009–2010*

Slaughterhouse Processing/cutting plant Point of sale
Surface swab

Bar under operator inspecting livers

Bench on which meat is sold Chopping board

Floor under carcasses in clean area

Box in which cuts are collected Slicer

Floor under which livers are hung

Door handle Cold-room door handle

Boxes in which livers are collected before freezing and sale

Hook Sausage maker

Knife used immediately after scraping

General purpose knife General purpose knife

Knife used on livers

Point NT
Saw Toilet
Scale Sink
Swab, handlers’ skin

Hand 1

Hand 1 Hand 1

Hand 2

Hand 2 Hand 2

Hand 3


Hand 4


*NT, sample not taken.

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