Characterization of Mediterranean mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) harvested in Adriatic Sea (Italy)

Pamela Vernocchi, Mirko Maffei, Rosalba Lanciotti, Giovanna Suzzi, Fausto Gardini

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The aim of this work was to analyse some quality parameters of Mytilus galloprovicialis harvested monthly in the period ranging from April 2002 and February 2003 in a longline off-shore mussel farm, located in the Adriatic Sea, near Cattolica (Emilia Romagna Region, Italy). After harvesting, the samples were analysed in order to determine the counts of fecal coliforms (FC) and Escherichia coli, the presence of Salmonella, as prescribed by Italian and European Community regulations, and other pathogens (Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Listeria monocytogenes), as well as the meat yield and its proximate composition, its Fe, Cr, Cd, Zn, Pb and Cu content, the total lipids of the meat and their specific composition. The results obtained evidenced that many of the parameters studied, i.e. the meat proximate composition, the lipid fatty acid composition and the microbiological indices, were subjected to seasonal fluctuations. In particular, the microbiological data showed that 4 mussel samples (June, December, January and February) out of 12 did not match the limit imposed by Italian law and Emilia Romagna protocol concerning the FC and E. coli counts. While L. monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. were never detected in all the samples analysed, three samples (April, January and February) were positive for the presence of V. parahaemolyticus. No seasonal fluctuations were evidenced for Fe, Cr, Cd, Zn, Pb and Cu contents, always under the limits imposed by Italian law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1575-1583
Number of pages9
JournalFood Control
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


  • Coliforms
  • E. coli
  • Fatty acids
  • Metals
  • Mussels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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