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Public health risks from illegally imported African bushmeat and smoked fish

Cunningham, AA; Chaber, AL; (2016) Public health risks from illegally imported African bushmeat and smoked fish. Ecohealth , 13 (1) pp. 135-138. 10.1007/s10393-015-1065-9. Green open access

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Abstract

Large-scale importation of bushmeat from West and Central Africa into Europe was reported in 2010. We sampled 18 illegal African bushmeat consignments seized at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, France and tested for the presence of bacteria. Additionally, five smuggled smoked fish were analysed for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are known carcinogens. All bushmeat samples had viable counts of aerobic bacteria above levels considered safe for human consumption. We also identified zoonotic bacterial pathogens in bushmeat and unsafe levels of carcinogens in fish. The illegal importation of meat is a potential risk for the introduction of pathogens.

Type: Article
Title: Public health risks from illegally imported African bushmeat and smoked fish
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10393-015-1065-9
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-015-1065-9
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-015-1065-9.
Keywords: public health, illegal trade, bushmeat, Europe
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470860
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